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How Much Screen Time is Too Much for Toddlers?



Watching TV, using a computer, and playing video games are among the types of screen time reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Studies found that higher levels of screen time at ages 2 and 3 was associated with poorer development regarding their communication, problem-solving, and social and motor skills.


Media is not bad, but it can lead to bad things within your family if not used and monitored appropriately. Earlier I wrote about how gaming improves learning among children and teenagers click here for more. I elaborated on how children and teenagers engaging in video game play displayed increase reaction time, critical thinking, and creativity in real-life scenarios.



Children are growing up in a world saturated with a variety of new technologies starting as early as 15 months. It is essential to remember as parents to monitor screen use during this age. Also, parent-child interaction is a vital part of this age as well. This connection allows for better growth and success during pre-school such as impulse control, emotion regulation, and creativity. The AAP recommends that children 2 to 5 years old to have no more than 1 hour of electronic media per day to allow ample time to engage in other actives essential to their development. This also establishes proper media viewing habits associated with a lower risk of obesity later in life. 


The AAP has developed a tool for parents that allows your family to create an appropriate personalized family media use plan. You can be aware of your purpose of media use and create goals and rules for your family. 





Try out the media plan for a week with your family and let me know how it changed your family time. 



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