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The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against any television viewing below the age of two, and a maximum of two hours of screens per day in children above the age of two.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting screen time to the following:
- No more than 1 to 2 hours a day for children 3 and older.
- No screen time at all for children 2 years of age and younger. AAP experts note that while there are some potential benefits from watching some TV shows, research links TV to a wide range of negative health effects in children and teens.
Less than an hour a day of television and video games is ideal, but try telling that to a 9-year-old Nintendo nut. Going cold turkey might not work well when it comes to older children, but TV watching should definitely be restricted for the youngest of children. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend no viewing time for children under 2 years of age, and no more than one or two hours a day for older children.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 2 years not be exposed to television, videos, or video or computer games. The first 2 years of life are especially important in the growth and development of your child’s brain. During this time, children need good, positive interaction with other children and adults. Too much television can negatively affect early brain development.
After age 2, limit your child to no more than 1 or 2 hours a day of educational, nonviolent screen time. Make sure programs are age appropriate and always watch or play games with your child so that you know the content and can discuss it. This is a perfect opportunity to teach your child life lessons and bring up important topics such as health and safety.
Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.