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The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that no amount of screen time is appropriate for a child of that age. From their report on Children and media: For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality ...


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It is certainly not unusual. Have you never watched a movie or show and shed a tear? Did Bambi's mother dying (sorry for the spoiler!) not bring a tear to your eye? Developing empathy is an important part of growing up, and while television might not be very good for children overall, it is one thing they can pick up from well-written shows. Children don'...


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At one point in my childhood (age 9 or so) I would cry at any remotely sad film, including Tom and Jerry. Joe's point about unreality is valid, in that knowing it's only a story can remove the element of fear. However, watching a character being mean to another character still reminds me that there are real-life examples of similar meanness happening all ...


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At four, understanding the difference between reality and fiction is a work in progress. Research has shown that children may begin to learn that difference by four, using the context in which the information is presented to help differentiate between the two. However, this ability isn't fully developed by four. Each child is different here, and some will ...


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Screen time for children younger than 2 years is not recommended. Higher levels of screen time is associated with a variety of health harms for children, especially for adiposity, unhealthy diet, depressive symptoms and quality of life. The evidence for a threshold on screen time is weak. REFERENCES: RECOMMENDATIONS Minimize screen time: Screen time for ...


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