The use of technology with children is something a lot of parents debate over. We are here to help you figure out this conundrum!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their recommended guidelines on this very topic. You may be surprised that your child should not have ANY screen time before 18 months of age (with the exception of video chatting with family and friends). While there are times when 100% pure distraction is critical (like visiting grandparents a plane ride away), this should be a rare exception. Before your child turns 3, they are not really registering the content of the shows, just the highly addictive, constantly changing colors, noises, and shapes. Read below for the updated guidelines put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Children younger than 18 months:
The Georgetown Early Learning Project is another amazing source of information. Dr. Rachel Barr and her team have gathered extremely important and significant information about early child development and screen time. Below are some quick take-away points from their information:
We hope you find this quick outline of guidelines and information helpful when making your plan of attack with screen time!
Additional Parent Resources:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Healthy Children (help with scheduling and your child’s needs)
Common Sense Media (what’s educational and what’s not, age ratings, etc)
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