Empowering Parents, Caregivers, and Children


Source: White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President, May 2010



p. 23 “Fundamentally, parents and caregivers are responsible for their children’s health and development. They instill and promote certain values, reward or reinforce specific behaviors, and shape choices that form life-long healthy habits. Each day, parents and caregivers make decisions on food selection, eating patterns, physical activity, and sedentary habits like television viewing. Children learn from the choices adults make. Often it is an entire family that experiences being overweight or obese.”


“Changes in the food and social environment over the past 20 years have made parents’ and caregivers’ roles in promoting health more challenging. Parents and caregivers want to provide good nutrition and regular physical activity, but often lack information that is clearly understandable and actionable.”


“Communities, businesses, health care providers, and governments can play a supportive role in providing helpful information and fostering environments that support parents and caregivers’ healthy choices. For information to be useful to busy and overworked parents and caregivers, both the “what” and the “how” to deliver information must be considered.”


p. 98 “Recommendation 5.17: Entertainment and technology companies should continue to develop new approaches for using technology to engage children in physical activity”


A Primary Care Intervention for Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents


L. Jenike p. 5 - May 3, 2013

Childhood obesity continues to be a growing health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2012), childhood obesity rates have tripled in the past three years alone. Children at risk may suffer a myriad of negative health outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as psychological distress and social implications.


97% of Small Children Have Used Mobile Device, Most Have Their Own




New research has found that a staggering 97 percent of US children under the age of four use mobile devices, regardless of family income. 


The research – published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday – studied 350 children in a low-income, minority community. The findings noted an “almost universal exposure” to mobile devices, indicating that such technological luxuries are not limited to financially well-off families. In fact, the parents' education and the child's gender and ethnicity did not play a role in whether a child owned a mobile device.


The child participants were between six months and four years of age. The older the children were, the more likely they were to have their own technology. By age four, about three-quarters had their own mobile device, and half had their own TV.


The study also found that 20 percent of one-year-olds have their own tablet computer, and that 28 percent of two-year-olds can navigate a mobile device without help.


Study author Dr. Matilde Irigoyen, chair of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center, said she was “surprised by some of the findings.”

 Zero to Eight - Children’s Media Use in America 2013 A Common Sense Media Research Study Fall 2013


This research documents how children’s media environments and behaviors have changed.


1. Children’s access to mobile media devices is dramatically higher than it was two years ago.


Among families with children age 8 and under, there has been a five-fold increase in ownership of tablet devices such as iPads, from 8% of all families in 2011 to 40% in 2013. The percent of children with access to some type of “smart” mobile device at home (e.g., smartphone, tablet) has jumped from half (52%) to three-quarters (75%) of all children in just two years.



2. Almost twice as many children have used mobile media compared to two years ago, and the average amount of time children spend using mobile devices has tripled.


Seventy-two percent of children age 8 and under have used a mobile device for some type of media activity such as playing games, watching videos, or using apps, up from 38% in 2011. In fact, today, 38% of children under 2 have used a mobile device for media (compared to 10% two years ago).