School-age children spend nearly twice as many hours with screen media such as television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices as they do in school.
Television use is at an all-time high among preschoolers—according to Nielsen, young children spend, on average, more than 24 hours a week watching TV.
Screen time is habituating and linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, poor sleep habits and attention problems.
Forty percent of 3-month-old infants are regular viewers of television and DVDs—even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under two.
Children are spending way too much time with screens—and it’s not good for them. That’s why more than 60 leading health, education, and childcare organizations actively support this year’s Screen-Free Week (April 18-24, 2011), the annual celebration where children, families, schools and communities turn off screens and turn on life.
Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.