These Tips Can Help
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents prioritize creative, unplugged playtime for infants and toddlers. Some media can have educational value for children starting at around 18 months of age, but it’s critically important that this be high-quality programming, such as the content offered by Sesame Workshop and PBS. Among the AAP recommendations:
- For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high quality programming and watch it with their children.
- For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to one hour per day of high quality programs. Parents should watch with children to help them understand what they are seeing.
- For children ages 6 and older, place limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep and physical activity.
- Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
- Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.