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At what age is it ok for children to be exposed to the media?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 2 do not watch any screen media. Why?

  • This is an important period for brain development in which time should be spent talking, playing, singing, or reading to children. By age 3, children can typically communicate using language, imitate the actions and behaviors of others, play with other children, and engage in pretend play.
  • Media can significantly impact how young children can mentally represent the world and develop fantasy.
  • Media can also teach toddlers social skills by giving them the opportunity to watch and imitate figures on the screen.

Source: www.DrDouglas.org; www.actagainstviolence.org