Screen Time for Young Children

What do the experts say about screen time for young children? The American Academy of Pediatrics has new guidelines that may surprise you.

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For children under 18 months old, they recommend no screen time at all. For children between 18 months and two years, limited and supervised time in front of devices for less than one hour a day is OK, and ages 2-5 can watch 1 hour of high-quality programming. Screen time means time spent viewing devices like tablets, computers, phones and televisions. While it may be tempting to use technology to entertain your child, it’s not how they learn best. Children gain knowledge through their experiences in the real world, by the things they observe and do, and when they interact with a parent or caregiver who can explain things to them directly.