iatTwo studies out today show an astounding amount of television ownership and usage by very young children. Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed about these studies for an article on Newsweek.com.
Vandewater, EA et al. (2007) Digital childhood: Electronic media and technology use among infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pediatrics, 119(5), e1006-1015.
- 18% of 0- to 2-year-olds have a television in their bedroom.
- 43% of 3- to 6-year-olds have a television in their bedroom.
- 54% of parents say they provide TVs in their children’s rooms so that family members can watch their own shows on other televisions.
Zimmerman, FJ et al. (2007) Television and DVD/video viewing in children younger than 2 years. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 161(5), 473-479.
- By three months of age, about 40% of children regularly watched television, DVDs, or videos.
- By age two, 90% of children regularly watched television, DVDs, or videos.
- Parents watched TV with their children more than half of the time.
- Parents say that they have their young children watch TV for reasons of education, entertainment, and babysitting.