Parents think that their child is a genius, or at least, “is on advanced for his age”.
Thus, a computer tablet looks like perfection : with letters, words, multiplications, that’s very cool!
But many studies showed something : there shouldn’t be a single minutes of “screens” time before the age of 3. And no tablet before 6.
Child development is a big thing. They have to grow so many aspects! TV before 3 and tablets before 6 is messing with motor and language development, socialization skills and empathy.
I talked many times with speech pathologists who say that screens (TV all the time, tablets for preschooler) are a disaster. And they told me it’s becoming a real problem today…
And also this : “High exposure to background TV has been found to negatively affect language use and acquisition, attention, cognitive development and executive function in children younger than 5 years”
In France, one man (Serge Tisseron) studied that for years. He talks about the rule of 3-6-9-12
- No screen before 3. Not a minute.
- TV OK, but no video game or tablet before 6.
- They’re OK, but no Internet before 9, with a parent.
- Internet OK after 12, with care.
Before 5 years old, never more than an hour a day.
Google : “screen time children development”
What do you think?