AAP Guidelines on Media Usage

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The American Academy of Pediatrics is again discouraging parents from giving TV and computer screen time to children under the age of 2. The recommendations follow a recent survey by the organization.?

The Academy issued the following updated guidelines to parentsduring a conference earlier this month.??

*Set media limits for their children before age 2, bearing in mind that the AAP discourages media use for this age group. Have a strategy for managing electronic media if they choose to engage their children with it;

?*Instead of screens, opt for supervised independent play for infants and young children during times that a parent cannot sit down and actively engage in play with the child. For example, have the child play with nesting cups on the floor nearby while a parent prepares dinner;

*Avoid placing a television set in the child's bedroom; and

*Recognize that your own media use can have a negative effect on children.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton