alexa The effects of infant media usage: what do we know and what should we learn?
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Christakis DA

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The rise of infant TV viewing began in the late 1990s and has become an increasingly common occurrence. Today, over 90% of children begin watching TV regularly before the age of 2 years in spite of recommendations to the contrary. This article reviews what is known about the effects of infant TV viewing on multiple domains of child development including language, cognition and attentional capacity as well as directions for future research. CONCLUSION: No studies to date have demonstrated benefits associated with early infant TV viewing. The preponderance of existing evidence suggests the potential for harm. Parents should exercise due caution in exposing infants to excessive media.

This article was published in ActaPaediatrica and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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