Should Tots Have Access to Electronic Devices?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Do you think toddlers should be able to "play" with tablets and smart phones? Will this make them smarter?
Air Date: 10/15/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hill, MD
david hill 2013Dr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School. He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications and the Media. In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine, Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including as,, and He has three children, ages six, nine, and 11.
Should Tots Have Access to Electronic Devices?
​When the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published its policy statement in 1999 discouraging electronic media use by children under the age of two, the focus was on television programs, videos and DVDs.

Over the past 15 years, the technology landscape has changed dramatically. Toddlers now have access to a dizzying array of touchscreen devices that are available anywhere and everywhere. Although the AAP has revised its media use policy over the years based on the latest research, the message regarding toddlers' exposure to screens is the same.

Given the proliferation of electronic devices, is it time for the AAP's advice to go the way of the VCR?

Listen in as Dr. David Hill examines this controversial issue on the use of touchscreens by young children.

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