American Academy of Pediatricians AAP has released an update on it’s recommendations for screentime for young children.

October 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

Here is a very interesting article regarding Screentime for infants, toddlers, young children and older children…

“A number of key messages for parents emerged from the AAP Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium. Among them is that family participation with media facilitates social interactions and learning. Parents should play a video game with their kids, and always co-view with infants and toddlers”

Just a few of the recommendations….

“The following key messages for parents emerged:

  • Media is just another environment. Children do the same things they have always done, only virtually. Like any environment, media can have positive and negative effects.

  • Parenting has not changed. The same parenting rules apply to your children’s real and virtual environments. Play with them. Set limits; kids need and expect them. Teach kindness. Be involved. Know their friends and where they are going with them.

  • Role modeling is critical. Limit your own media use, and model online etiquette. Attentive parenting requires face time away from screens.

  • We learn from each other. Neuroscience research shows that very young children learn best via two-way communication. “Talk time” between caregiver and child remains critical for language development. Passive video presentations do not lead to language learning in infants and young toddlers. The more media engender live interactions, the more educational value they may hold (e.g., a toddler chatting by video with a parent who is traveling). Optimal educational media opportunities begin after age 2, when media may play a role in bridging the learning achievement gap.

  • Content matters. The quality of content is more important than the platform or time spent with media. Prioritize how your child spends his time rather than just setting a timer.”

Read more!

It is important to take note that their recommendation is now in line with what Kindermusik has recommended for the last few years.

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