AAP recommends no screen time for infants under age two.
- Infants at this age learn best by interacting with people and exploring different objects that are new to them.
- Give them toys that they can play with
- Talk to them and read to them
The Mayo Clinic explains that there are also some potential risks if parents aren't aware of what or how much their children are viewing media. Watching too much media is linked to:
- Aggression - if it is violent media
- Poor sleep or having trouble falling asleep
- Obesity possibly because of junk food advertisements
- Impaired academic performance
AAP also gives some great tips for using media in your home:
- Watch with your kids and talk with them about what they are seeing
- Explain questionable content to your children
- Calm concerns by explaining that TV is not real
- Teach your kids about advertising
- Answer any questions they might have
- Pick shows that are developmentally/age appropriate
- Use many other mediums to learn from: like reading books, going on outings as a family, playing with toys and board games etc.
Establish a few "screen-free" zones in the house:
- Turn off the TV during dinner
- Make sure there are no televisions or computers in children's bedrooms
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What do you do to help your kids use media in a smart way?