Screen and Media Plan

RxThe American Academy of Pediatrics Media Plan can help families tackle screen and media use. Link to the page here.

Babies and toddlers under 18 months old don’t need a media plan: screen time isn’t recommended (except for video chatting).

For 18 to 24 months, screen time isn’t recommended, and if allowed, choose quality media and watch with your child.

Until the 5th birthday, recommendations for screen time is 1 hour/day, again watching with parents and being careful about the content of the quality of the program. One good option is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

For older children, the AAP  does not set specific time limits, but recommends that parents collaborate with the children on a media plan that limits screen time so that it does not interfere with other important activities, including homework, social time, exercise, and sleep.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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