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At what age can you safely introduce screens to your kids?  Today I’m going to share about ages and stages, examining screen time for babies through five years old. You’ll learn what’s happening in your child developmentally in the first five years, how to implement AAP recommendations for screen time, and if video chatting is okay for babies.  Is tech more good or bad for teeny tiny littles?  By the end of this conversation, you’ll understand: 

4:00 Physical and cognitive milestones for babies and toddlers 

6:05 What does the AAP recommend for screen time? Do babies acquire anything meaningful from screen time? 

8:00 “Kids need to engage the world in which they actually  live.” – Dr. Dimitri Christakis 

9:00 Is video chatting for babies okay? 

13:30 Help for discerning what is quality programming 

15:30 Mister Rogers vs. Paw Patrol 

19:30 The dumber the toy, the smarter the child 

22:20 Will my child be at a disadvantage if he or she doesn’t play with a tablet? 

25:50 Ideas for working from home with littles (without help of devices for babysitting) 

30:00 The upside of old tech (hello DVD player!) 

Learn more from the nonprofit Children and Screens (they offer free webinars for parents).

Learn more from Arlene’s book co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, Screen Kids.

Visit Happy Home University to take the quiz, “Does my child have too much screen time?”

Arlene Pellicane

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