Television & Other Media: Resist the Urge

Infants and toddlers need to physically explore their environments through play, direct contact and interaction.  This critical stage sets the foundation for timely and proper cognitive development which will later lead to important milestones including proper motor skills, language development and the ability to problem-solve.  Although TV, media and electronic devices abound, they are not appropriate replacements for direct interaction with you and family, safe exploration or play.  TV and similar media should be off-limits during your child’s very young age.  Read aloud to your infant or toddler, sing to him, look at pictures and explore.  Do not be misled by unsupported claims and advertising targeted at parents that promise educational benefits for your very young child.  The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees  – read about it here.