(NBC News) – Kids these days face a digital deluge of apps, online games, TV and social media. Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun.
Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids’ media usage represents a shift to making moms and dads “media mentors.”
“Play the games together with your kids, look at social media together with your kids, watch the news together with your kids if that’s what you want to do,” says Dr. Jenny Radesky of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Previously the influential group of pediatricians suggested no media before age 2.
Now they say there’s evidence toddlers as young as 18 months could learn and benefit from some forms of technology, as long as parents are there to guide them and the technology is not overly stimulating.
“If you go overboard with the bells and the whistles and the sound effects and the light effects, you can get kids just distracted,” Dr. Radesky explains.
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