Really, really bad news for BabyTV—a new study out today from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that kids younger than 2 shouldn't watch television. In fact, the report says, watching television or video for those babies could harm their development.
The nation's largest association of pediatricians also warns parents that their own screen-watching habits may end up delaying their children's ability to talk. One of the study's authors said the report was needed because of the explosion of DVDs meant for the under-2 age group, and because as many as 90 percent of parents acknowledge that their infants watch electronic media.
Studies cited in the new guidelines said that parents interact less with children when the television is on, and that a young child at play will glance at the TV three times a minute.
"When the TV is on, the parent is talking less," said pediatrician Dr. Ari Brown, a member of the academy. "There is some specific evidence that shows that the less talk time a child has, the poorer their language development."