Doctors amend ‘no screens under 2’ rule

How much screen time is right for kids? For decades, the answer was “none,” including television, computers, and cellphones—for children under the age of 2. Now, for the first time since 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics has adjusted that rule, NPR reports. The organization says that children under 18 months should not be exposed to screens, with the exception of interactive applications like FaceTime or Skype. They OK’ed screen time for kids age 18 months to 2 years only if parents and caregivers watch along and engage with their child. The recommendations are similar for kids 2 to 5 years old, with the addition of a 1-hour-per-day limit. 

*Correction, 24 October, 2:24 p.m.: This article been corrected to reflect the recommendation that screen time is acceptable for children aged 18 months to 2 years, not 15 months to 2 years.

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