Infants and Todders 0-24 Months
- Although there are apps and videos targeting this age range, experts agree that NO amount of screen time is recommended for children in the first two years with the exception of video chatting to connect with relatives.
- Researchers found that infants and toddlers who viewed media prior to 18 months had significant and measurable drops in language development, with a stunning 17-point drop on the child's score on the Communication Development Inventory for each hour of viewing.
- At age 18-24 months, parents can introduce high-quality (such as educational) shows that they parents sit down and watch with the child.
Preschoolers: 2-5 Years Old
- Most experts recommend a clear time-limit for preschools: no more than one (1) hour of total screen time (television, tablets, computers, and smartphones combined).
- Parents are strongly recommend to watch or play with the child to help the child understand and engage with the media.
- Co-viewing/co-playing enables parents to begin by role modeling and coaching children with engaging media in healthy and appropriate ways and offers and opportunity to strengthen the parent-child bond.
- Parents have significant influence on the amount of time and quality of screen time at this age and should begin setting healthy, clear boundaries and limits.
- As hard as it is, parents should avoid using the screen as a babysitter except in exceptional situations (such as family crisis or illness).
Source: Sanders, Parent, Forehand, & Breslend, 2016