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The Effects of Video and Television on Young Children: Research and Reflection for Christian Educators

Aug 12th, 2011 |

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children younger than twenty-four months of age should not be exposed to television. It also suggests that children twenty-four months and older only be exposed to two hours of screen time per day (Chonchaiya & Pruksananonda, 2008). At the time the AAP made these recommendations in 1999, there was limited research on the effects of television on young children. The suggestions were made based primarily on research done on older children (Anderson & Pempek, 2005). Since then researchers have asked themselves: what are the effects of television and videos on young children?

This article will explore research findings on the effects of television and video on young children. It will explore the effects of both foreground and background television and video. This article will also address how exposure to television and video at a young age affects language acquisition, play, and the ability to stay focused. The article concludes with a theological reflection, including suggestions for parents and Christian educators.