I have three children under the age of 7, and they watch a lot of television.
I'm worried that it's too much. Should I limit their TV viewing? –
Television and other media
use (such as playing DVDs and video games, and spending non-school-related
time on computers, tablets, and smartphones) can
be a source of learning and entertainment. But too much screen time can take away
from other activities, such as sleeping, exercising, playing with friends, and doing
Studies have shown that kids who watch too much TV are more likely to be overweight
— and, depending on the content of what they see, more aggressive. Excess TV
viewing also has been linked to poor grades, sleep problems, and behavior problems.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends these guidelines for screen
and toddlers up to 18 months old: No screen time, with the exception
of video-chatting with family and friends.
Toddlers 18 months to 24 months: Some screen time with a parent
No more than 1 hour a day of educational programming, together with a parent or other
caregiver who can help them understand what they're seeing.
5 to 18 years: Parents should place consistent limits on screen time, which
includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting
enough sleep and being physically active.