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Too Much Screen Time?

Young children these days are growing up in a media laden world.  A recent study in Contemporary Pediatrics notes that, on average, children between 6 months and 4 years are glued to screens (television, video and mobile / tablets) almost two hours per day.  This is in stark contrast to AAP recommendations of no screen time for children younger than 2 years and less than 2 hours per day for older children.

How much is too much?

While there is no magic answer, in general our providers believe that most young children would benefit from more active play and less screen time.  Our providers believe in the importance of interactive free play with peers and family members, quiet creative play with books, puzzles and toys, and plenty of active time outdoors.  When your child does engage in screen time, here are a few questions to consider regarding the type of media they interact with:

  • Does the media allow for interaction or simply passive viewing?
  • Is the media age-appropriate?
  • Does the media reflect good values or provide an educational benefit?
  • Is your child protected by age appropriate parental controls to ensure online safety?
  • As a parent, are you aware of what your child is viewing on TV, video, computer and mobile applications?

Additional Resources:

Contemporary Pediatrics - Toddler Media Use
Healthy Children - Media Tips for Parents
Healthy Children - Family Media Use Plan
Healthy Children - Family Media Pledge

Posted: 4/6/2016 12:56:40 PM by Elaine Hehemann | with 0 comments
Filed under: children, media, mobile, screen, television, time, video


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