Want to help your child’s early development? Limit their access to technology

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new screen time guidelines for kids. The academy is focusing on all digital media and says exposure should be limited; that includes cellphones, television, movies, computer games, and web browsing.

Steve Zwolak (aka “Mr. Z”) visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to discuss why it’s so important for parents to limit a young child’s access to technology.

Screen time recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • No screen time under 18 months old (down from 2 years old), with an exception for video chats.
  • For kids age 2-5, less than 1 hour per day (down from 2 hours) of screen time, with no screens during meals or 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Developmental needs of infants and toddlers cannot be met by digital media or replace interactions with caring adults; prioritize ‘hands-on, unstructured, and social play’ over digital. AAP asks developers to stop making apps for infants.
  • Avoid media as a way to calm kids.
  • Early media use has some health risks, including obesity and sleep disturbance.
  • Kids will quickly and easily catch up on technology later.