Earlier this week, I wrote a blog post about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new guidelines for TV use in kids under 2 years old. I intended that piece to be a brief summary of the new guidelines and the research that the AAP used to support them. I didn’t think about these guidelines as being controversial.
However, as the media and the blogosphere got wind of the new guidelines, I found article after article questioning them – calling the AAP out on making a recommendation without solid science and blaming them for creating the next round of unwelcome parenting guilt. Read more
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new policy statement on media use by children under 2 this week. The new guidelines are based on more than 50 studies of TV* time in babies and toddlers.
How much TV do infants and toddlers in the U.S. watch these days? The AAP cited several surveys that found that TV is a big part of the daily lives of our youngest children:
- Among kids under 2 years old, 90% of them watch 1-2 hours of TV per day.
- A staggering 19% of babies under 1-year-old have televisions in their bedrooms. This figure rises to 29% for 2 to 3-year-olds.
The AAP “discourages media use by children younger than 2 years.” They recognize that babies and toddlers will be exposed to some TV in today’s world, but they recommend that families try to limit TV time as much as possible – including both TV designed for kids and “background TV.” The policy statement describes the research behind this recommendation and gives some alternatives to TV time. Read more