Media and Young Children Today
It wasn’t that long ago when “screen time” meant time spent watching television – parents were advised to set limits on how much time a child spent sitting in front of a TV and not to put a TV in a child’s bedroom.
These days it’s far more complicated. TV is still a player, but “screen time” far more often means a portable device – laptop, tablet, and, especially, a smart phone. With competing advice from websites, magazines, books, pediatricians, family members, friends, social media, and other sources, it’s no wonder parents continue to ask these questions: How much media should I let my young child access, how should we use media, and what media can be beneficial for my child, or at least not detrimental to her development?
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