Recently we had DF’s granddaughter over for about six hours. Midway through the visit I heard this conversation coming from the living room:
“You don’t have a TV.”
“That’s right,” DF replied.
“I want you to have a TV,” said Rose, who recently turned three.
“I don’t want a TV.”
“I want to watch TV,” she clarified.
“If you want a TV, you buy it,” DF replied.
Rose laughed merrily. “Noooo, Opa, you buy it.”
“We don’t need a TV here,” DF said.
A few seconds later Rose had forgotten about our household’s screenless state, being more interested in playing with a few ornaments from my tabletop Christmas tree.
Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics re-drew its recommendations on very young children and screen time. Back in 2011 the AAP had suggested no screen time at all before age two, and no more than two hours per day for kids older than that. Right around that time the first iPad appeared.