|Children and Computers|
In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced new guidelines for parents concerning their children’s screen time, encouraging limiting their exposure to television and other forms of electronic media. Among the age-related recommendations:
- Children under 18 months old should not be exposed at all, except for video-chatting with distant family members.
- Children from 18 months to 2 years old can be introduced to high quality programs while sitting with and discussing with their parents.
- Children from 2 to 5 years should continue to watch appropriate programs with their parents, no more than 1 hour per day.
Parents are encouraged to create a Family Media Plan. The Plan will help family members choose and use online media purposefully, without taking the place of physical exercise, family-oriented time or sleep.
More specific guidance for parents of children under age 5 and for school-age children and teens is available.