The American Academy of Pediatrics published recommendations in 2001.
- children under 2 years of age should have no exposure to screens.
- children over 2 years of age no more than 2 hours a day.
Researchers in Australia asked almost 3,000 children aged between 8 and 16 about their use of screens. An average of 63% used a screen for more than 2 hours a day. And screen time appeared to increase with age. 80% of children aged 14 to 15 used screens for more than 2 hours a day.
Public Health England states in its briefing note: “Children who spend more time watching TV and playing video games tend to experience higher levels of emotional distress and depression“.
It’s too easy to dump kids in front of a screen to keep them quiet instead of interacting with them.