Preschoolers watch TV for four hours a day, on average, reports a new study, “Preschoolers’ Total Daily Screen Time at Home and by Type of Child Care,” published in Pediatrics.
Children in home-based child care average 5.6 hours a day; the average for parent-only care is 4.4 hours. Children in day-care centers spend less time watching TV. The study reported a significant decline in TV hours for low-income children in Head Start.
Overall, black children watch considerably more TV; educated parents’ children watch considerably less.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents allow “no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day” for preschoolers.