‘Screen-free’ Reaffirmed by the AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement in 1999 that addressed only TV exposure by children younger than 2 years old. It has now updated this statement based on new evidence to include video programs and games. Key findings include the fact that evidence does not support the educational value of even educational video programs and heavy media exposure in this age group can delay language development.

PositiveTip: Unstructured play time and interaction with humans best facilitates creativity, problem-solving, reasoning and motor skills in toddlers.