The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new screen time guidelines for children. Experts say the new recommendations address the modern digital age we live in, but reiterates that limits are necessary.
Sarah Osborne limits how much time her girls spend in front of screens, especially her 19-month-old. "Little people-appropriate TV for 15 minutes," Osborne said. "And just a few different apps, because they don't need everything else."
For more than 15 years The American Academy of Pediatrics has said children under two should use no media at all. Now the group is out with new recommendations That say parents of children 18-to 24 months who want to introduce digital media should be sure to choose high quality educational programming. "What you really want to make sure you are doing is co-viewing with them so that you are narrating what's going on, re-teaching what they're learning, and if they are doing any sort of app; co-playing," said the AAP's Dr. Corinn Cross.
The new guidelines recommend children under 18-months should avoid all screen time, except video chatting. Children ages 2 to 5 should be limited to one hour per day of media, and children six and older should have consistent time limits on how much time they get.
"We want to make sure that entertainment screen time is not displacing physical activity, it's not displacing family meals, the kids are still getting adequate amounts of sleep," Dr Cross said.
That's why Osborne restricts her girls time in front of the TV and tablet. "I also would like them doing other things, like being outside playing with their friends, being creative," she said.
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