Parents urged to limit kids’ screen time

Dominion Post 21 Oct 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a report recommending that children under two have minimal, or no, exposure to screens because they are too young to gain value from what they are viewing. Their position is supported by New Zealand’s children’s commissioner and the Brainwave Trust, which promotes early-childhood development. The AAP’s new policy statement urges parents to avoid exposing their children to screens because doing so may hinder their development. The policy states that children under two are unable to process educational messages from programmes, and having televisions or screens running in the background acts as a distraction and decreases parent-child interaction. The best thing for children was meaningful human interaction, it said. Children’s commissioner Russell Wills supported the recommendations, which showed that the best thing a parent could do for a child’s development was to play with the child.