More Kids Sleep With TV
November 4, 2011 by staff
More Kids Sleep With TV, Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines affirming its position that children under two years to avoid screen time, including programs viewed on televisions, computers or smartphones.
Of course, despite the recommendations, many children still spend a lot of screen time. But how much?
Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that studies the media, began to explore how young people spend their time on screen. The group surveyed nearly 1,400 parents and a new report found that children from birth to eight years spend an average of 1.44 hours watching TV or videos on a typical day, compared with just under a half-hour reading, listening to music or playing video games.
Among children, 47% of infants up to age one to watch TV or DVDs, and those who spend an average of almost two hours a day to do it. (Among all children in that age group, children are read to an average of just 23 minutes a day.)
Moreover, among children ages six to 23 months, about one third have a TV in their bedroom, according to the study, a statistic that I found quite shocking. (My husband and I did not even have a TV in our room, let alone our children’s room. “)
The proportion of children with TVs in their rooms rises further, as children grow, and has increased markedly in recent years, according to the study, almost half of five to eight years old have TVs in their rooms. You can find more details about the study here and here.
The report also found that among children ages zero to eight, more than a quarter of all screen time is spent on digital media, including computers, portable video games, mobile phones and tablets. On a typical day, about 11% of all children from birth to eight years old, using a cell phone, iPod, iPhone, or similar device for media consumption, and those who spend an average of 43 minutes a day doing it.
Readers, how do you feel about television in the bedroom of the children? And how often your children play with digital “toys” such as computers, smartphones or tablets? Do you feel that your children enough reading, music and playtime?
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