Screen Time

Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education

Did you know: that on any given day, 64% of babies between 1 and 2 watch TV and videos for an average of slightly over 2 hours; that in 2011 there were 3 million downloads just of Fisher Price apps for infants and toddlers; that estimates of how much time preschoolers spend on average with screen media range from at least 2.2 hours to as much as 4.6 hours per day?

Limit children's screen time, expert urges

Concerns are mounting over the amount of time children spend in front of screens. A psychologist, Dr. Aric Sigman, writes in the Archives of Disease in Childhood that a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens by the time they reach the age of seven. Children also have unprecedented numbers of screens available to them. Screen addiction and "Facebook depression" are among the problematic effects cited. Read more in this BBC News story.

Background television at home may be harming U.S. kids' development

A new study finds that children on average are exposed to 4 hours of background TV each day. Babies and toddlers are exposed to even more -- 5.5 hours a day. Research shows that background TV interferes with children's development of skills like problems solving and communication that are gained through play. Here's more on this important study from CBS News.

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Consuming Kids is a brand new and critically-acclaimed film from the Media Education Foundation featuring the CCFC staff and Steering Committee. The film is an eye-opening account of the pervasive and pernicious effects of children’s advertising on the health and well-being of kids.

CCFC members all over the country are organizing local screenings of Consuming Kids. A screening is the perfect way to raise awareness about the commercialization of childhood and to connect with other local parents and activists.

Technology in Our Children’s Lives: How Do We Make Wise Choices?

Children learn though active play and hands-on experience with people, materials, and nature. Screen time negatively impacts how children learn and how they develop relationships. The article outlines how to make wise choices about technology for children—including: keeping children’s lives as screen-free as possible, buying non-electronic toys, and encouraging children to play with open-ended materials.

We Did It! FTC Takes Decisive Action Against "Your Baby Can Read"

We've got great news about our ongoing efforts to hold the so-called "genius baby" industry accountable for its false and deceptive marketing. Today, the Federal Trade Commission filed false advertising charges against the marketers of "Your Baby Can Read," a video series which retailed for as much as $200.

FTC Files False Advertising Charges Against Your Baby Can Read; Commission's Action Is Important Milestone in CCFC's Ongoing Efforts to Hold "Genius Baby" Industry Accountable

Date of Release: 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012
Contact: Josh Golin (617-896-9368; josh@commercialfreechildhood.org)
For Immediate Release

Screen-Free Week Organizer's Kit

Screen-Free Week is a national celebration where children, families, schools, and whole communities turn off entertainment screen media (TV, video games, apps, etc.) and spend time playing, creating, reading, exploring nature, and enjoying family and friends. Organizing a Screen-Free Week is easy with our step-by-step how-to guide. The guide includes directions on how to get started, loads of examples and best practices, lesson plans, printouts, fact sheets and so much more.

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