From iPhones to TV and computers, today’s children are continuously exposed to excessive screen time from media outlets. The iPhone’s ubiquity and intuitive interface make it an easy entertainment device (and pacifier) for children. Meanwhile TVs and computers are becoming more and more of a cornerstone of family life. Indeed the term “family room” now includes the assumption of a space dedicated to togetherness…and the TV.
While some argue that mobile devices, television and computers can have educational merit, the primary concern should be whether children miss out on crucial language and cognitive development when these devices are over used.
How much, if any, screen time should young children experience? To what extent are these media outlets affecting the younger generation?