Toddlers more likely to be plonked in front of TV

Stuff 17 June 2014
Kiwi kids raised with a bedtime story are increasingly of a bygone generation, as research shows a third of 2-year-olds are not read to daily.

Results from New Zealand’s largest and most up-to-date longitudinal study show toddlers are ethnically diverse, tech-savvy and – surprise, surprise – “tantrums were the norm for children at 2 years”.

Based at Auckland University and funded by government agencies, Growing up in New Zealand involved almost 7000 Kiwi families.

Released today, the third report from the study, Now We Are Two: Describing our first 1000 days, found tots spend an average of 1.5 hours a day in front of a TV screen, and 80 per cent of them watched TV or DVDs daily.

However, just 66 per cent had a book read to them every day.