Screen Time for Young Children

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations for media use:

No screen time under 18 months old (down from 2 years old), with an exception for video chats.

Good evidence suggests that screen viewing before age 18 months has lasting negative effects on children's language development, reading skills, and short term memory. It also contributes to problems with sleep and attention.

Normally a parent speaks about 940 words per hour when a toddler is around. With the television on, that number falls to 770! Fewer words means less learning.

For kids ages 2-5, less than 1 hour per day (down from 2 hours) of screen time, with no screens during meals or 1 hour before bedtime.

The developmental needs of infants and toddlers cannot be met by digital media or replace interactions with caring adults; prioritize “hands-on, unstructured, and social play” over digital media time. It is all about relationships at this point in a child's life and a screen cannot provide nurturing, empathy, or joy. 

Avoid media as a way to calm kids.

Early media use has some health risks, including obesity and sleep disturbance.

Kids will quickly and easily catch up on technology later. Click on the link below to read more:…/4-year-old-takes-12-hour-road-…/

Children need us to teach them self-control, language, and relationship building. Too much digital screen time will have an adverse effect on building those skills. 

Post by Steve Zwolak