Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight

Research-based guidelines for screen use for children under 3 years old.

Babies today are born into a world of digital devices. And parents are trying to navigate this new reality—specifically figuring out what role these new gadgets should play in the lives of their young children. This is no small task given that parents are bombarded with a lot of conflicting advice, much of which is ideological and not based on science.

To fill this critical gap, ZERO TO THREE has developed Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight—Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old. This new free resource, written in partnership with leading researchers in the field of media and young children, is an authoritative review of what is known about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development. It is designed to serve as a tool for guiding parents and professionals in making informed decisions about screen media use.

In addition to Screen Sense, there is a summary of the key findings, tips for how to use screen media with children under 3, and an infographic about 5 common misconceptions related to children and screen media.

For tips on how to be mindful of screen time with your children, check out Apps for Sale: How to Choose and Use Apps to Maximize Your Young Child’s Learning by Claire Lerner and Jennifer M. Zosh for PBS Parents.

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