How Much TV do They Watch?

How Much TV do They Watch?

Julia Cho
Mar 17, 2008

We've been reading up on the TV debate- should babies and toddlers watch TV? Can educational benefits outweigh risks? Is it OK as long as it's limited? Should babies under 2 watch any at all?

There are a lot of questions. Pediatricians and the AAP recommend no television for children under 2, but studies have shown that 61% of babies one year or younger watch at least an hour of TV or videos on a typical day. Even parents who acknowledge that they don't want their kids to watch TV, say that in reality, they'll usually trade their philosophy for an hour to accomplish something or an hour of quiet.

How much TV do your little ones watch, and would you put a TV in their room? At what age?

Read some of the facts and recommendations here .

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