Over-immersion in media has a negative impact on child development

Are Touchscreens and Social Media Good for Kids? WNYC New Tech City, November 27, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been the pace-setter in making clear and reasonable recommendations to parents about their children’s involvement with the media. Based on extensive research, the Academy’s recommendations remain firm: ┬áNo TV before age 2 and only two hours of TV thereafter. Also, no TVs in kids’ bedrooms.

As the Academy’s representative Dr. Ari Brown of Austin, Texas, states clearly in and interview on the PBS Newshour, early over-absorption in TV and the media impacts negatively on children’s language development, sleep patterns and the development of their imaginations.

Unfortunately, most parents do not heed these warnings.