The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have changed their recommendations regarding younger children and their use of screens. It used to be that they had a flat moratorium on use with children under two years of age. However, I’m not really surprised that they’re responding to the reality of what’s happening (nobody took much notice of their earlier recommendations) and trying to at least steer parents towards responsible and effective use.
Having acknowledged that parents are going to put electronic media in the hands of their young children, the advice is shifting towards encouraging responsible use (and discouraging the irresponsible where the media is simply used to babysit the child). As a result the emphasis changes in two significant ways;
a) Exposure to quality media content – being more discerning about what’s being selected, and
b) Collaborative viewing, rather than just leaving the child to be distracted by the media alone.
It would be nice to think the advice will make some difference, but i fear the convenience and personal vested interest of parents will be the dominant factor.