They’re bright and colorful, they make noises and it’s hard to take our eyes off of them. Are all the screens in our life educating our kids, or distracting them?
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommendations for parents when it comes to screen media.
For birth through 18 months, the AAP recommends avoiding screen media all together. Of course, the occasional video chat with relatives is allowed.
For 18 months to two years, the AAP says it’s ok to introduce children to high quality programs designed for children, but you should watch with them and help them understand what they’re seeing.
Two to five years, limit screen use to one hour a day of high quality children’s programs.
For children six and older, place consistent limits on screen time and make sure it doesn’t interfere with children getting at least an hour of exercise and 8-12 hours of sleep.
Finally, consider developing a family media plan.