Digital Devices May Be OK for Toddlers

Updated advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that toddlers as young as 18 months may be able to handle occasional screen time. Earlier guidelines recommended no exposure to television, tablets, smartphones, videos, or computers before the age of two. No more than one hour of screen time per day is recommended for children under the age of 5.

According to the AAP, parents should use the devices, not only as educational tools, but also as a way to interact with their child. Previous research showed the benefits of using communication tools, like video chat and Skype, to allow even very young children to connect with friends and family members they cannot be together with in person.

The Academy advises parents to do their research and choose only high-quality media. The new guidelines also stress the importance of getting enough physical activity every day and of “unplugging” completely at least one hour before bedtime, as well as the importance of putting down the devices at family time.

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