*The average children watches about 4 hours of TV everyday.
*Children spend more time in front of the TV screen than on any other activity besides sleeping.
Negative Effects of Excessive Screen Time
*Screen based activities may contribute to youth obesity.
*Excessive screen watching hinders cognitive development in very young children.
*Children who spend too much time in front of the screen don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
Facts About Excessive Screen Time
*American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 2 and 1-2 hours or less a day for older children.
*Hours of TV watching and violent video games have been linked to bullying and poor school performance.
*TV watching for babies interferes with cognitive development, language development, and sleep patterns.
*3 types of harmful effects have been associated with viewing violence: Learning aggressive behaviors, becoming desensitized to real world violence, and developing a fear of being victimized.
Physical Alternatives to Screen Time
*Take a walk
*Dance to music
*Go to the park or playground
*Play hide and seek
*Have a friend over!
At Peace Through Play Nursery School, we are media free. This means no screen time at all. We are television, video and computer screen free.
From Child Care Resources of Rockland brochure on Media Awareness