The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) acknowledging the changes in family behavior in the digital age, advises that children younger than 18 months should not be exposed to screen time apart from video-chatting. However, toddlers 18 months to 24 months could watch high quality programming like Sesame Worshop and PBS for a short amount of time. Similarly, the AAP recommends that children ages 2-5 should have no more than one hour of high quality screen time.
AAP remind parents the importance of children getting enough sleep, physical activity, and other activities essential for a healthy development.
As librarians we are invited to be cautious when using digital devises with younger children. We are also reminded that while this is a recommendation that comes from health professionals, it is ultimately a family decision.
Digital Preschool Storytime: includes media devises and screen time using interactive picture books apps, and other high quality learning apps. However, if it is done balancing other traditional elements of a Storytime, this digital setting might provide with great opportunities. A good advise I received: you always want to alert your audience of the screen time element used in your digital Storytime.
Kathia Ibacache is a Youth Services Librarian at Simi Valley Public Library