TV for Toddlers


The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against TV or other electronic entertainment for children under age 2 and only an hour a day of total screen time (TV, computers, tablets, etc.) for kids ages 2–5.

But that hasn’t stopped many parents from relying on TV to entertain and teach their toddlers.

Still, research suggests that watching TV just isn’t good for very young children:

  • TV watching is associated with childhood obesity. The more TV a child watches, the more likely he is to become overweight.

  • Toddlers learn to process emotions and decide appropriate responses based on what they are exposed to, including what they see and hear on TV.

  • TV viewing is a passive activity. Active experiences—playing with blocks and other hands-on toys—teach children more about the world and build a habit of curiosity and investigation.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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