Digital Download: How to create a family media plan

In last week's Digital Download, we touched on the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for young children and screen time. Even with guidelines in place, we understand that each family has their own needs, styles and values. Your free time should reflect your personal needs. With this in mind, we want to share a useful tool for all families when it comes to media use!  The Healthy Children website, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, helps families create media guidelines for their family. 

Media should work for you & work within your family values & parenting style. When media is used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep.


The website allows you, and your family, to sit down and create rules around media time use. There is also a calculator mode, that allows you to create weekly time frames for almost any activity that might occur in a child's day (e.g. sleep, outdoor play, meal time, media time, physical activity and school). Make YOUR family media plan and share it with all members of your immediate family and support network.  


Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!