Parents’ interpretations of screen time recommendations for children younger than 2 years

Brown, Alice and Smolenaers, Emma (2016) Parents’ interpretations of screen time recommendations for children younger than 2 years. Journal of Family Issues. pp. 1-24. ISSN 0192-513X


Government and health organisations conduct a number of interventions aimed at improving the health of populations. Many of these target obesity, to which physical inactivity, diet and screen time have been linked as causes. Move and Play Every Day: National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 Years was part of a suite of physical activity guidelines issued by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing in 2010 that included the recommendation that “children younger than two should not spend any time watching television or using other electronic media”. This research involves in-depth semi structured interviews with nine families with children aged birth to two and investigates how parents interpret this recommendation, and the factors that impact on their decision making. Results reveal that there was great variation in the way that parents receive and understand these recommendations. Findings confirm that parents are influenced by unique contextual factors, many of which emerge from the micro-environment of the family home. Variations in interpretation and context may account for disparities in the awareness and effectiveness of these types of recommendations. Future guidelines may wish to consider the idiosyncratic nature of young families in order to have the desired impact.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: ArticleFirst version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 04:54
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 05:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: screen time, physical activity, recommendations, parents, infants and toddlers
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0192513X16646595

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