The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its screen-time guidelines for children age 5 and younger.
According to the new report, Media and Young Minds, parents and caregivers should discourage TV and digital device use for children 18 months and younger, though video chatting with faraway family members is OK. It also advises parents to choose high-quality programming for 18- to 24-month-olds and to watch it with their youngsters.
For the ages 2-5 set, the AAP recommends no more than one hour of screens per day to ensure they participate in other activities.
The old recommendations advised no screen time for children younger than 2 and a maximum of two hours of viewing per day for older kids.
One recommendation stays the same: Don't use TV, or any other electronic device, as a baby sitter.
To read the complete report, which was published in the November issue of Pediatrics, go to pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/138/5/e20162591.
- Melissa Kossler Dutton