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Pediatrics: No screen time for kids under age 2

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No screen time for kids under age two. That's the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As new forms of technology become increasingly popular, physicians have a growing concern about its effects on children. Part of that concern is that physicians just don't know the implications yet.

But, what they do know is that a child's brain develops rapidly during the first years and they believe children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.

The academy says children under two should avoid screen time all together, and for kids older than that, it should be limited to one to two hours a day.

"The concern is that might affect their brain developing, might affect the way their eyes are developing and just the way they interact with people. Kids learn from their environment and a 2-dimensional screen is not providing that rich exposure they need for their brains to develop," said Dr. Stephen Pont of Dell Children's Medical Center.

A recent study from common sense media says that 38 percent of toddlers under age 2 have used a mobile device, compared to just 10 percent in 2011.

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