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Research Letter
November 25, 2019

Prevalence of Preschoolers Meeting vs Exceeding Screen Time Guidelines

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 3Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 4Department of Paediatrics, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
JAMA Pediatr. Published online November 25, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4495

Global debates among researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and parents on the benefits vs consequences of children’s screen time exposure are ubiquitous. Research suggests that excessive screen time is likely consequential for early child development and health.1,2 Accordingly, the World Health Organization and various pediatric societies have issued guidelines on screen time, suggesting that preschoolers receive no more than 1 hour of high-quality programming daily.3 To inform policy and educational initiatives, the objectives of this study were 2-fold: (1) determine the prevalence of children ages 2 and 3 years meeting vs exceeding screen time guidelines and (2) determine the strongest individual and family-level factors associated with failing to meet these guidelines.

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