Are my daughter’s screen time habits contributing to her weight gain? How can I ensure I am choosing the healthiest foods for my son? Are active video games worse than outdoor exercise? What does wellness look like in an increasingly digital world?

Digital media use contributes to several physical health concerns, including obesity, for children and teens, because it promotes sedentary activity, includes copious advertisements for sugary foods, and is a more attractive option for entertainment than many healthier activities. On the flip side, digital media can be used to promote healthy habits. On September 22 at noon ET, Children and Screens will host “Healthy Habits: Fostering Physical Health in a Digital World,” an Ask the Experts webinar. Join us as a panel of interdisciplinary experts elucidates the importance of maintaining physical health, as well as the ways families can work together to foster healthy habits both on- and off-screen. Researchers, pediatricians, nutritionists, and others will discuss the differences between active and sedentary screen use, tools for making the best nutritional choices, ways to encourage an active lifestyle, and more.

For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity at registration to indicate whether you would like to ask your question for the panel live on camera during the workshop.

Meet the Speakers


Corinn Cross, MD, FAAP

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,
Council on Communications and Media

Erica Kenney, PhD

Assistant Professor,
Department of Nutrition,
Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health

Amy Lu, PhD

Associate Professor,
Department of Communication Studies,
College of Arts, Media & Design,
Northeastern University

Jason Nagata, MD

Assistant Professor,
Department of Pediatrics,
University of California, San Francisco,
School of Medicine

Laura Bellows, PhD

This Webinar's Article

How Parental Controls, Monitoring Apps and Media Plans Can Support Healthy Digital Media Use

  • By Children and Screens Staff
  • March 13, 2021

Keeping children safe while still giving them room to grow and develop can feel like a delicate tightrope walk for parents, especially when it comes to the internet. On the one hand, you’d like your kids to learn to be independent and make responsible decisions on their own. On the other hand, you would also like to protect your kids from every possible danger, including digital media overuse. When it comes to finding that balance, parents often wonder when it’s safe to introduce screens and devices into their children’s lives, what kind of restrictions to enforce, how closely to monitor their kids’ behavior, and how to respect privacy while still looking out for their children’s social, mental, cognitive and physical wellbeing.

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