Yesterday I wrote about a newspaper article that described the updated American Academy of Pediatrics media recommendations for children under two years of age. Here’s the direct link to the updated policy statement, Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years from the journal Pediatrics. The entire document is easily accessible and free, about four pages of reading plus footnotes.
A Few Quotes from the Document
- The educational merit of media for children younger than 2 years remains unproven despite the fact that three-quarters of the top-selling infant videos make explicit or implicit educational claims.
- Children age 12 months and younger do not follow sequential screenshots or a program’s dialogue.
- Infant vocabulary growth is directly related to the amount of “talk time” or the amount of time parents spend speaking to them.
- Children who live in households with heavy media use spend between 25% (for 3 and 4-year-olds) and 38% for (5 and 6-year-olds) being read to or reading.
- While infant and toddler programming is entertaining, it should not be marketed or presumed by parents to be educational.
- Parents need to realize that their own media use can have a negative effect on their children.
- Unstructured playtime is more valuable for the developing brain than any electronic media exposure.