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Screen Time Recommendations For Infants and Young Children

Posted by Dr Jacey Pryjma on 18-Jul-2019 14:11:09

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How screen time effects development

As our world becomes more digital and connected online, our little ones daily habits will change. The exercise and amount of outdoor play we all enjoyed when we were young, isn't as common for todays children. Research published this year (2019) is uncovering the detrimental effects of high screen time, with one study showing higher screen time between the ages of 2 and 3 years of age was associated with delays in meeting developmental milestones at 3 and 5 years of age1. Research also showed clearly that less recreational screen time is better for avoiding obesity, and for promoting sleep, physical fitness, and cognitive, social and emotional development.

Current (2019) Technology Guidelines 

With this new research in mind, its important to follow the latest Australian guidelines;

  • Avoid screen time for children under 2 years, unless its video chatting. 
  • Only 1-2 hours of high quality programming for children 2 to 5 years2. The American Academy of Pediatrics only recommends 1 hour.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviours essential to health.
Instead, focus on active play on the floor for under 1 years and active outdoor play including running, climbing and riding bikes for toddlers and young children to drive brain development as well as keep bodies healthy. For older children the research tells us that having time limits on recreational use is needed and a precautionary approach is required. 

Helpful tips for parents

From - The Sydney Children's Hospital Networks

Children will grow to use screens in ways we cannot even conceive at this time. Just like our parents experience, technology is continue to completely change the way we interact with each other and the world around us. By consciously supporting our children to see the benefits and pitfalls of technology and teaching them on how to be engaged and active line life away from screens, we are setting them up with habits and skills that will serve them for the years to come. 

1. Association between screen time and children’s performance on a developmental screening test. Madigan, Sheri, et al. " JAMA Pediatrics 173.3 (2019): 244-250.

2. Sydney's Children's Hospital Network Screen time and children -


Topics: Screen Time, Toddlers, Exercise, Infants, Physical Development, Preschool Children, Guidelines, Technology, Research

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