Children should not watch any television before age 2

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The American Association of Pediatrics issued a recommendation that parents should avoid television viewing for children under the age of 2 years [1].

Babies and toddlers have a critical need for direct interactions with parents and other significant caregivers for healthy brain growth and the development of appropriate social, emotional, and cognitive skills [2].

After age 2, prefer television shows that provide intelligent interaction and watch the shows with your kids to help them analyze and think critically about what they're experiencing [1].


  1. Medina, John. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. Seattle: Pear Press, 2014.

  2. Committee on Public Education. “Children, Adolescents, and Television.” PEDIATRICS 107, no. 2 (February 1, 2001): 423–26.