We see more and more children, some as young as six months of age, playing with their parent’s cell phone.
Dr. Holly Roberts is a child psychologist at the Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and says the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not introducing children to any type of screen until two years of age.
Dr. Roberts says, “This is a time of rapid brain development and when kids learn best. We certainly don’t want our really young children and toddlers learning from a screen. Humans are certainly a better option.”
Dr. Roberts says once a child is introduced to a screen the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends they are limited to only two hours a day. She says children need to spend their time interacting with others and learning socialization skills.
Dr. Roberts says it is also a good idea to limit the screen time of older children too. Statistics show that teens spend eleven hours a day and 8 to 10 year olds about eight hours a day looking at some type of screen. That is also cutting down on their face-to-face socialization with friends and extracurricular activities.