TV is a ubiquitous part of modern living for everyone – including your average toddler. The amount of TV even our smallest children watch may surprise you. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF):
· two-thirds of infants and toddlers watch a screen an average of 2 hours a day
· kids under age 6 watch an average of about 2 hours of screen media a day, primarily TV and videos or DVDs
· kids and teens 8 to 18 years spend nearly 4 hours a day in front of a TV screen and almost 2 additional hours on the computer (outside of schoolwork) and playing video games
How much should they be watching? And how can you transform their screen time into a learning experience? More on that in future postings.