Screen Time

Policy Statement: Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years.

This policy statement addresses the lack of evidence supporting educational or developmental benefits for media use by children younger than 2 years. It explores the potential adverse health and developmental effects of media use by babies and toddlers, and the adverse effects of background TV. The AAP recommends discouraging screen time for children under 2.

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Allen Kanner securitizes the claim that television has educational value. Television viewing is the largest source of marketing to children; it is associated with violent behaviour, obesity, depression, low self-esteem, poorer social relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, and with poorer cognitive and academic functioning. It is a poor educational tool that interferes with superior ways of learning.

Too Much and Too Many: How Commercialism and Screen Technology Combine to Rob Children of Creative Play

Hands-on creative play is essential to children's health and wellbeing; however, the dominant marketing-driven, media-saturated culture undermines it. Unlimited access to screens deprives children of time spent in creative play, and the set characters and scripts that children observe constrict their imagination. Children need to be provided with the time, space, and tools for make-believe.


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