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How Much Media for Preschoolers?

American-Academy of Pediatrics Shifts Media Recommendations for Young Children

In a marked shift from recommendations first adopted in 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics has lifted its recommendation discouraging all electronic media use in children under the age of 2.

The new recommendations for children's media use acknowledge that some media exposure can have educational value for children as young as 18 months, but it should be high-quality programming -- the AAP specifically referenced Sesame Street, and other PBS programming. The report encourages parents to watch programs with their children, rather than use television as a 'babysitter' for infants and toddlers. Families should still prioritize "unplugged" playtime for young children, the AAP said. For children <18 months, media use is still discouraged other than video-chatting.

The report also offers recommendations on the use of e-books.

Source: "Media and Young Minds" By: SAMUELS, CHRISTINA A. Education Week. 10/26/2016, Vol. 36 Issue 10, p 5-5. 1/8p.

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