TV? Helpful or harmful?. Rachel Barr and Elizabeth Zack Georgetown University. AAP Recommendation. Children under age 2 should watch NO screen media. 1999. It decreases the quality and quantity of parent-child interactions. This recommendation was made without almost no research behind it.
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TV? Helpful or harmful?
Rachel Barr and Elizabeth Zack
In adults, 17 different regions of the cerebral cortex are activated to make sense of “edited video.” These regions must work together.
This part of the brain is immature until after age 2. They can’t make sense of it.
They aren’t able to process the information they see.
Now for the really bad news…
Another study looked at how communication skills are affected when parents use specific strategies with children during TV viewing. Sekhar S. Pindiprolu, Ph.D.U.S. Dept. of Education