Pediatricians review the use of monitors by children


American pediatricians have issued new recommendations for the use of monitors by children in an effort to adapt to an ever-changing landscape as far as the use of digital media is concerned.

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Η The American Academy of Pediatrics has rewritten its reflection on the use of digital media by children, giving parents more relaxed recommendations than those of the past.

Πιο συγκεκριμένα, η ακαδημία πήρε πίσω την αυστηρή απαγόρευση της να βλέπουν οθόνες τα παιδιά ηλικίας από 0 έως δύο ετών, η οποία είχε τεθεί σε ισχύ από το 1999. Τώρα, η AAP αναγνωρίζει ότι ακόμα και τα πολύ μικρά παιδιά μπορούν να επωφεληθούν από ορισμένους τύπους οπτικών μέσων με οθόνη, αρκεί να επιβλέπονται από γονείς και κηδεμόνες. Μελέτες παρατήρησης δείχνουν ότι τα μωρά κάτω των 18 μηνών μπορούν να ενισχυθούν συναισθηματικά κάνοντας video chatting (like Skype or FaceTime) video chats with relatives.

From 18 to 24 months, AAP says babies can now use digital media with educational content, in the presence of a parent or caregiver. AAP states that “due to immaturity of memory and attention skills, infants and young children can not be educated by traditional digital media alone.

Basically, kids at this age have a problem translating the content of a 2D screen into their 3D world. However, studies have found that children from the age of 15 months and over can learn from digital media if a parent is there with them, translating them and repeating what they see.

When AAP was asked why the new recommendation distinguishes children aged 18 to 24 months rather than 15 to 24 months, the Academy replied that most young children are knowledgeable from the age of 18 months to learn from monitors with the help of the parent .

The American pediatricians note that children aged 2 to 5 can understand and learn lessons through digital media. However, some evidence suggests that over-reliance on half μπορεί να χαλάσουν τον ύπνο των παιδιών, καθώς και την κοινωνικότητα τους, τη γλώσσα τους, και τη γνωστική ανάπτυξή τους, αν κάθονται μπροστά από την τηλεόραση για ώρες. Η AAP συνιστά τον καθορισμό του ορίου της μίας ώρας την ημέρα μπροστά σε οθόνη και με την προϋπόθεση ότι βλέπει περιεχόμενο “υψηλής ποιότητας”. Και πάλι, η AAP συστήνει ότι οι γονείς και κηδεμόνες θα πρέπει να παρακολουθήσουν την οθόνη μαζί με τα παιδιά τους για να τα βοηθούν.

For 6-year-olds and beyond, AAP again recommends limits on digital media, urging parents to check and make sure that time in front of a screen does not ruin a good night's sleep and other healthy habits. Finally, AAP suggests that parents should set the right example for healthy habits for digital media users.


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