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Do you wonder if and when it’s OK to use media and technology with very young children?

This week’s Mom Enough guest offers helpful, realistic guidelines!


As parents we get lots of different messages about the place of video and TV in our children’s lives. While ads claim some videos will make kids smarter, many experts say no media is good media for babies and toddlers. Yet the reality is that most parents resort at least occasionally to plopping their child in front of the TV, if only to buy some time to get dinner in the oven. This week’s guest, author Lisa Guernsey, joins Marti & Erin for a realistic discussion of the effects of media on young children, guidelines for deciding what you will permit and practical tips for turning occasional media viewing into a positive learning experience for your child.


What are the policies and practices about media use for the children in your family? Please share your thoughts in our REPLY space!

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  1. http://SoVeryVienna.com on January 17, 2012

    Lisa makes many great points. I learned helpful tips, like it may be OK to have my toddler watch some TV while I engage with her on what she’s watching.

    One of her closing points, though, about what it means to be a family in today’s society is really central to this conversation. I think that families today do lack the kinds of supports it seems our parents had, or perhaps it’s that life was not so complex when we were kids.

    Thanks for a great interview. I look forward to learning more on Mom Enough.