The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently updated its media use guidelines for young children. The new AAP recommendations suggest that the domain of technology can be thought of as another environment in which children learn, interact, and experience life.
Just as the way other environments such as school and the quality of a child’s community can produce positive or negative effects, so can technology exposure. A child’s developmental outcome is largely dependent on the caregiver’s involvement, the developmental appropriateness of the content, and the context in which it is used . Because technology is more affordable, accessible, and relevant now compared to any other time in our history, caregivers should be informed of potential concerns as well as best practices to make the most of it around their families.