Back in 1999, The American Academy of Pediatrics first issued “No Screens Under 2” rule, recommending that you shouldn’t show screens to your toddler. However, recently they’ve relaxed the rule, but under the parent’s supervision. If you have children of 18 months or older, you can let them watch “high-quality programming,” but you have to be with them to make them understand. Any kids younger than that should be limited to video chat.
There are also tips for older kids. Kids between 2 and 5 years old should only watch carefully –screened programming, and not for more than one hour per day. And for the children aged more than 5 years, parents should also set both “consistent limit” and make sure their physical activity, as well as play time, don’t get affected because of the device time.
The media world is constantly changing and AAP has taken the step to keep up with the times. There’s a need to balance the baby’s developmental needs with technology. A smartphone or tablet can help your toddler to increase vocabulary and learn new concepts, but they must be growing enough to understand what they’re seeing.