More Guidelines that Screen Time is Not Educational for Babies
As we recently mentioned once again, it is recommended that children under two-years old limit their time spent in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games, and even grown-up shows playing in the background.
In fact, in 2009 Baby Einstein products were required to give parents a full refund on the purchase price on their misleading "educational" DVDs and currently Your Baby Can Read products have a complaint filed against them that their infant-reading program's claims are false and misleading.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age two and leaves less room for activities that do, like interacting with other people and playing, the group said.
In an article in the New York Times it makes clear that there is no such thing as an educational program for such young children, and that leaving the TV on as background noise, as many households do, distracts both children and adults.
The article says, "The new report strongly warns parents against putting a TV in a very young child’s room and advises them to be mindful of how much their own use of media is distracting from playtime. In some surveys between 40 and 60 percent of households report having a TV on for much of the day — which distracts both children and adults, research suggests."
The new report from the pediatrics association estimates that for every hour a child under two spends in front of a screen, he or she spends about 50 minutes less interacting with a parent, and about 10 percent less time in creative play."
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