Study: Screen Time For Kids Under 2 More Than Doubles
STUDY: SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS UNDER TWO MORE THAN DOUBLES
(CNN) – Sscreen time for children under two years old has more than doubled since 1997.
A new study out Monday reports how much time children are watching television and using computers, cell phones, tablets, and other devices.
It found that daily screen time for kids under two went from one-point-three hours in 1997 to more than three hours in 2014.
Interestingly television was the biggest factor.
The time in front of a TV jumped from 30 minutes to more than two and a half hours.
Screen time for three to five year olds stayed the same, about two and a half hours a day.
Excessive screen time for young children has been linked to delays in cognitive, verbal, and social growth and increased risk of obesity and impaired sleep.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids under 18 months avoid screens altogether.
It also suggests limiting screen time to one hour per day for kids ages 2 to 5.
For more information, check out the full study in the journal Jama Pediatrics.