October 19, 2011

New Media Guidelines for Babies and Toddlers

A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics is advising parents to turn off the TV and play with their children, especially if they are age 2 or younger.

According to a recent survey, 90 percent of parents said their children under age 2 watch some form of electronic media; on average children this age watch televised programs one to two hours per day. In the new policy statement "Media Use by Children Younger Than Two Years," (released online on Oct. 18) found that many video programs for infants and toddlers are marketed as "educational," yet have no supporting evidence and that unstructured play time is more valuable in teachng children to think creatively, problem solve, and develop reasoning and motor skills.

For more information, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website [PDF].


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