AAP: New screen time recommendations for kids
(KTVI) – We’ve heard from educators that we should limit the amount of screen time our little ones have with phone, iPads and computers. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is weighing in.
Dr. Heidi Salee is a pediatrician with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center explains.
New Recommendations from the AAP:
The AAP recommends that parents establish “screen-free” zones at home by making sure there are no televisions, computers or video games in children’s bedrooms, and by turning off the TV during dinner. Children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content. It is important for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play.
Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child’s brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.