Screen time (television, video games, smart phones, computers, DVDs, etc.) can have an adverse effect on early brain development. Research has found that screen time is associated with problems with executive functions such as attention, concentration, impulsivity, imagination, planning, language and social skills. Children who spend lots of time in front of screens are at higher risk of being overweight, prejudiced, sedentary, fearful, aggressive, and/or unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen media (television, computer games, videos, DVDs, etc.) for children two and younger. Older children should see no more than 1-2 hours per day. Providers can help by not using screens at child care, saving the daily hour for home.
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