Children Under the Age of 2 Should Stay “Screen-Free”
Let’s face it: In our technology-obsessed culture, it’s hard to stay away from gadgets. People are glued to their iPads, smartphones and laptops -- and some moms even admit they use ‘em to keep baby occupied when they’re trying to do their errands and chores. Although letting baby play with your iPhone or watch TV may have proven to be a quick way to keep him quiet, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new statement encouraging parents to keep children under the age of two “screen-free.”
An AAP study found that even though many video programs geared toward children are educational, children under the age of two don’t understand the content. Researchers also discovered that kids learn best from unstructured, unplugged playtime and learn more from live presentations than from video.
In addition to that, frequent media use in young children can cause language development delays. The AAP recommends that when parents don’t have time to engage in playtime with their kids, they should expose them to supervised independent play instead of using screens to keep them occupied. Experts also urge parents to set media limits for children of all ages and to be aware of their own technology use.
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