Screen Time

The Screen-Free Guide to Showers for Harried Parents of Infants and Toddlers

When you need to get clean, you don't need a screen! “But how can I take a shower?” comes up a lot in conversations about discouraging screen time for infants and toddlers. So we put out the word and got back some fabulous suggestions from busy parents. If there’s another adult in the house, you can cover for each other. Showering during naps or after bedtime are other possibilities. But when you’re on your own, everyone’s awake, and you desperately need to get clean, try these ideas:

Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet

Media expert and activist Kathryn C. Montgomery examines how contemporary media changes the nature of
childhood. She charts the historical trends that made children a target group during the early
commercialization of the Internet; she describes what lead to a law to protect children's privacy on the
Internet, and examines how digital marketing taps into teenagers' developmental needs. Generation Digital
offers help for creating a safe, equitable digital culture for young people.

About that App Gap: Children, Technology and the Digital Divide

Despite a wide-held belief that children from low-income families are deprived of access to technology, they actually spend more time with screens than wealthier children do. This screen time takes away valuable time from activities proven to be educational—negatively impacting vocabulary and reading skills, the ability to separate fact from hype, to think deeply, to be creative, to display empathy, and to demonstrate self-reflection.

Policy Statement: Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years.

This policy statement addresses the lack of evidence supporting educational or developmental benefits for media use by children younger than 2 years. It explores the potential adverse health and developmental effects of media use by babies and toddlers, and the adverse effects of background TV. The AAP recommends discouraging screen time for children under 2.

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