Television may be harmful to children younger than 2 years old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reports ABC News.
The organization says young children should be encouraged to talk and play instead of watching TV, the story reports.
TV can cause language delays and sleep problems in children, the largest U.S. organization of pediatricians said. According to a recent survey, 90% of parents said their children watch some type of electronic media screen, the story notes.
“Unstructured play time has been proven to be beneficial for critical thinking skills that kids need for life, so this is time better spent" than watching TV, said Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician and lead author of the guidelines, the story notes.
He added that children under 2 don’t have the mental ability to comprehend the context and content of TV shows, including those that aim to be educational, according to the piece.
While the guidelines aren’t different from ones the group set in 1999, this year the group is making recommendations about parents’ viewing habits, the story says. Now the group is discouraging "second-hand TV," where a child is playing in a room with the television on.
"We recommend that if you want to watch your shows, try to watch them later when children are asleep," Brown said.