Are we letting our toddlers watch too much TV and play too many video/phone games?
When you have screaming toddlers running around the house it sometimes is the easy route to give them something to entertain themselves with and lately toys and dolls really don't do the trick. So we hand them our iPhones or iPads and ask them to play a game AND watch a TV show on it. But how much screen time is too much?
"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of five should have less than two hours of screen time (including TV, DVD and computer/video games) a day." Howerver, most parents allow their children much more than two hours a day - "66% of preschoolers exceed the daily limit. Studies show that "too much TV viewing in young children has been associated with developmental delays, aggressive behavior, decreased academic performance and obesity."
We are all guilty of passing our iPhones to our little ones in order to get them to settle down while at a doctor's appointment but how often do we do this? Should we begin to limit our toddler's 'screen time'? Do you limit your child?
Article based on babble.com - "How much screen time is too much for Tots?" http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2010/10/29/watching-television/
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