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Early Childhood

"Media and Young Minds"

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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 children's programming provided by PBS. But parents should watch those programs with their children, not use the television as a parking spot for infants and toddlers. And families should still prioritize "unplugged" playtime for young children, the AAP said. For children under the age of 18 months, media use is still discouraged other than video-chatting.

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

Vol. 36, Issue 10, Page 5

Published in Print: October 26, 2016, as Early Childhood
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