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Banning Tablets Is Best for Children

Banning Tablets Is Best for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that children younger than 18 months get zero screen time, and those ages 2 to 5 be limited to one hour a day. The group recommended that the hour be “high quality programming” that parents watch with their children. To make screen time more enriching, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s and co-author of the AAP guidelines, said an adult should watch and collaborate with children. Experts call this “structured joint attention.”

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