Pediatric Grand Rounds (CME): Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU)
Michael Rich, MD, MPH - Boston Children's Hospital | Harvard Medical School
Adolescents, children, even infants spend increasing proportions of their waking hours interacting on mobile devices – communicating, learning, and entertaining themselves. Nearly all adolescents now have a smartphone and 45% say they are online 24/7. We will review research on the media youth use and how they use them and on how those uses affect, in positive as well as negative ways, physical, mental, and social health. We will examine those young people whose well-being has been compromised by Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), with distinct subtypes of gaming, social media, pornography, and information-seeking. Finally, we will discuss best practices for preventing PIMU and other media-related health problems, how to identify PIMU in primary care practice, and how we treat PIMU at the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID).
Education goals for this session:
- Explore the influence on the media environment on the physical, mental and social health of children and adolescents
- Review research on the positive and negative effects of the media youth use and how they use them
- Describe Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU) and its four subtypes
- Introduce the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) and its efforts to develop standardized nomenclature, prevention, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies