Before age 2, children should not be exposed to any electronic media

11 Jul

Before age 2, children should not be exposed to any electronic
media, the pediatrics academy maintains, because “a child’s brain
develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn
best by interacting with people, not screens.” Older children and
teenagers should spend no more than one or two hours a day with
entertainment media, preferably with high-quality content, and spend
more free time playing outdoors, reading, doing hobbies and “using
their imaginations in free play,” the academy recommends.

Heavy use of electronic media can have significant negative effects
on children’s behavior, health and school performance. Those who
watch a lot of simulated violence, common in many popular video
games, can become immune to it, more inclined to act violently
themselves and less likely to behave empathetically, said Dimitri A.
Christakis of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

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