Preschoolers average 4 hours of TV daily

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.

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  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics has been saying this for years – to not much success. This statistic is indicative of parenting problems across the board. Parents simply do not engage enough with their children, and the TV has become the babysitter. On top of that, videos have crept into the classroom to a ridiculous level. I was quite disappointed when my kindergarten-age daughter came home from school after a snowy day to report they spent forty-five minutes of recess watching three videos. What about board games? What about puzzles? What about reading or working in their activity centers? Coloring? And this was at a GT Magnet school. It only gets worse from there, especially with the ever growing handheld media world.