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New Guidelines for Screen Use for Children under 3

1) On average, children from birth to 23 months old are watching 55 minutes of TV a day, and 2- to 4-year olds are watching 90 minutes a day.

2) Use of mobile media starts young: More than a third (38%) of all children under 2 have used a mobile device for any media activity compared to 10% 2 years ago. Among 2- to 4-year olds, the rate has grown from 39% to 80%; and among 5- to 8-year olds, usage has risen from 52% to 83%.

3) Smartphones are the most frequently used devices among children 8 years old and younger; 51% have used smartphones for a media activity, although tablets are close behind at 44%.

"The large number of studies on the impact of TV viewing suggests potential for harmful effects on children's attention, learning, sleep, and even obesity, according to the new guildines "Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight," by Claire Lerner, LCSW, Zero To Three, and Rachel Barr, PhD, Department of Psychology and Director of Georgetown Early Learning Project at Georgetown University. "That being said," the guildelines continue, "Research also suggests that screen media can become tools for learning if two critical factors are taken into consideration: content and context."

For the full guidlines, aimed to help parents and people who care for and teach young children, click


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