- All types of screen use should be limited to no more than 1 hour a day.
- The media they use should be teaching them something, talking to them, and not violent.
- You should be watching, playing, or listening with your toddler.
The recommendations about using screens and media with your toddler used to be that you should very rarely use them at all. Nowadays, we know this isn’t possible. The limit of one hour of screen time or media use a day should only be programs that teach your child, allow them to feel involved, and do not show violence. You are still the most important person in your toddler’s life! Face time and Skype are okay and can help your baby’s relationships with other people, like grandparents. They should do this with a caregiver or parent there to help.
To find more information, check out:
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2016). Healthy Digital Media Use Habits for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Healthy Digital Media Habits for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
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