Ages 5 and Younger

Quick Parenting Tips

These "Quick Parenting Tips" have been written by our staff and Pediatric Web regarding common childhood behavior issues.  For more in depth parenting advice, see the many websites and books recommended by our staff on our Behavior / Parenting page.

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Ages 5 and Younger

In general, it is better for children to actively play, read books and interact with family and friends. General guidelines for digital media use (including television, videos, video games, computers, tables and smart phones) in children five years and younger are shown below.

  • Younger than 18 – 24 months: Digital media is not recommended for children under 18 - 24 months of age. However, parent assisted video-chatting (Skype, Facetime) with family and relatives may help foster social connections.

  • 18 – 24 months: Children between 18 – 24 months should not view media on their own. If parents want to use media (TV, DVDs, computer/mobile applications) with their child, use should be limited to 1 hour or less of high-quality programming (PBS Kids, Sesame Workshop etc.) Make sure all media is age-appropriate and not frightening. All media should be avoided during meals and one hour before bedtime.

  • 2 – 5 years: Media should be limited to 1 hour or less of high-quality children’s programming for children between 2 – 5 years of age. Parents are encouraged to spend time with their child during media use -- to help child understand what they are seeing and apply what they learn to the world around them. Make sure all media is age-appropriate and not frightening. All media should be avoided during meals and one hour before bedtime.


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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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