Monday, October 24, 2016

The doctors came to the conclusion that children can watch TV, but… (press release) (Registration)

In 1999, many pediatricians adhered to one main advice on kids and gadgets: the parents should not show screens to any child under the age of two years. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics softened its guidelines and to allow screens for the kids. But only under three conditions. The first child should be more than 18 months (i.e. at least one and a half years). Second – children can watch videos of the highest quality (at least Full HD). Third, it must be accompanied by a parent.

New tips also apply to older children. Ages 2 to 5 years, those, for example, needs to use screens more hours a day. And for children even older, it is important to combine television viewing with physical activity, games and sleep.

Why Pediatrics Association United States eased their restrictions? The world’s media “are constantly changing,” she says. The trick is to balance technology with the needs of the development of infants. The same tablet, for example, by using the adequate material can help children to expand vocabulary or to learn new things about the world around. But it is in any case not replace live communication with parents and the old-fashioned way, when the family play with the child without TV.

Author: Stepan Mazur

Original photo: engadget

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