Screens may be changing, but parents still have to monitor kids’ ‘screen time’

Insider Louisville LogoParenting in the digital age is not what it used to be, and the consequences for people who ignore the amount of time that their children spend using electronic devices can be disastrous.

In previous generations, the topic of “screen time” was controversial as well, as parents debated the amount of time they should allow their children to watch television. Today’s kids have many more choices, and many of them spend countless hours playing video games or communicating through texting and social media. And with smartphones and tablets being more prevalent, children and teens are able to conduct these activities out of sight of their parents.

Dr. Greg Robson is a general pediatrician at Oldham County Pediatrics in LaGrange. He says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville that in the 14 years he has been practicing, the evolution of screen time has moved the topic up the list of concerns.

“Something that used to be modest and inconsequential is now affecting greater activities on a daily basis for the patients in our practice, and I would guess for our communities at large,” he said.

To hear more from Dr. Robson, please click here.

 

Pediatrician Knows That Social Determinants Can Have a Bigger an Impact on Health Than Just Going to See the Doctor

Insider Louisville LogoThe gap between the life expectancy of babies born in the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville compared with those born in the St. Matthews area is 15 years. That statistic – from the 2014 Louisville Metro Health Equity Report – helped Dr. Charlotte Gay Stites take action.

In early 2018, the pediatrician expects to open the doors to the Smoketown Family Wellness Center, a place where families can come to improve their health and well-being.

“Most parents have a great understanding of social determinants of health and what the impact those have on the health and well-being of their child,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “Very often, when people come to the pediatric office, they are interested in talking about how their kid is doing in school, how their child is fitting in with their friends. Social determinants of health are a huge piece of health and well-being. They are related to education, income, social connectivity, employment – really the nuts and bolts of people’s lives.”

To read more about what Dr. Stites is doing, please click here.