Television for Infants

July 11, 2014

 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one-third of parents report that their infants or toddlers have a television in the bedroom.

In October 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated categorically that infants and toddlers do not improve their language and visual motor skills via “educational” television due to their developmental cognitive levels.

Early infant and toddler emotional and social development requires what is termed “mirroring.”  That is, other people in the environment mirror the child’s expression and provide words for what the child is experience.  Furthermore, a child learns via play and problem solving, which requires manipulating objects in the child’s environment.

The conclusion is that electronic media (television, computers, smart phones, tablets), including programs such as “Sesame Street” impede development in children under the age of 2.

This includes use of electronic media by parents.  That is because parents are not interacting with their infants and toddlers when they are engaged in electronic media.  Have you ever seen a parent talking on a cell phone while pushing a stroller?

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