How Screen Time Affects Young Children: A Review of INTO THE MINDS OF BABES

-posted by Ruth

Into-the-MindsInto the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five by Lisa Guernsey

TV. We all have our history and our relationship with it—and most parents of young children wonder about the influence it has on their kids.   (See I Hate TV, But YouTube is Another Story!) The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no TV—or screen time—at all before the age of two. Like many mothers, Lisa Guernsey struggled to understand what role screen time could have in her children’s lives: how much, which programs, and what is educational about “educational media.” Luckily for us, she is a reporter and really dug into current research in child development, and interviewed people who are studying the effects of different programming on children below the age of five.

I was intrigued by what she discovered. She learned that the AAP had no research basis for such an extreme mandate, and there really are positive approaches to TV and screen time for very young children. But she also discovered how play and language development are negatively affected by the background noise of television, and what programs might—and might not–be age-appropriate for your child. Her conclusions are highlighted by thoughtful reader-friendly advice in each chapter. She has formulated wise strategies for focusing on what she calls the 3 C’s: content, context, and the individual child.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book; it’s a fascinating and informative resource for parents, caregivers, and teachers.



One Response to How Screen Time Affects Young Children: A Review of INTO THE MINDS OF BABES

  1. marydventura says:

    I can’t wait to read it! Now that we’re in football season Daddy and big brother have games on all weekend long it seems and little Gabriel (14.5 months) is pointing to the tv, lifting his arms up and yelling “Touch Down!” Of course the boys in the house think this is awesome but it’s been giving me a minor heart attack that he’s getting too much screen time…even if it is vaguely in the background!

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