I know that the AAP suggests no screen time before 2 - but I just don’t see how that’s possible to completely avoid screens in this day and age.
“Co-view with your children, help children understand what they are seeing, and help them apply what they learn to the world around them.”
Dr. Victoria Dunkley has some great information in her research and her book “Reset Your Child’s Brain” about how viewing a screen is much different than interacting with a screen as far as a child’s neurological response. Like Caroline pointed out, co-viewing is an important point of differentiation… children need to parents to help them interpret the messages they are receiving.
Thank you so much for sharing! I will have to read this book.
I admit - my daughter had plenty of screentime before the age of 2. As parents, sometimes we’re just in survival mode. I did try to be careful about what she was watching, and tried to find as many educational videos as we could. She really enjoyed the Leap Frog series, and I fully believe they helped her become an early reader. (She was very young when she started reading on her own.) I love what Caroline pointed out about helping them interpret the messages. That’s the MOST important thing.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Agreed.