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Managing Childhood Screen Time

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Managing Childhood Screen Time

Parents are encouraged to use media thoughtfully, in a way that can enhance daily life. When media is used without regard, it can interfere with activities like face-to-face interaction, exercise, play, or sleep. Visit to create family media plan.

AP Media plan

Research indicates that screens are not an effective teaching tool for babies and toddlers, and they could displace the kinds of face-to-face interactions that actually help young kids learn. Children learn better face to face with a person than from a screen.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls for no screen time at all for children until 18 to 24 months, except for video chatting, and says kids ages 2 to 5 should get an hour or less of screen time per day. The World Health Organization (WHO) similarly recommends no screens for kids under 2, and less than an hour a day for kids 2 to 5.