Computer Time

Q: “My son is almost 3 and already a computer whiz! He loves to play on the computer more than anything else. How much time should I allow him each day?”

A: Many experts in child development advise that children under age 3 not spend any time playing with computers at all. Computer use does not correspond to the ways in which young children physically learn and explore.

Yet computers are an integral part of daily life in American households, and it may be unrealistic to expect children not to show an early interest in them.

High-quality software programs for young children may be fun and interesting for short periods (less than 1 hour a day), but should not replace the active play and hands-on learning that are best for this age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1hour per day of combined screen time—that means computers, TV and video games—for kids ages 2 to 5.

This service is not intended to provide medical advice about your individual condition, which should only be obtained directly from a qualified physician or healthcare professional. Your personal information will never be used for any purpose other than to help educate and support you. You may opt out, with no effect on the delivery of your care or health benefits, at any time.

Powered by UbiCare

Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.