US doctors have warned that babies under the age of two years should not watch TV or videos as it can hamper their mental development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned that there was a negative impact on babies under the age of two years who watched televisions or videos. The organisation said that even parents' TV habits are harmful for kids as they don't get to spend much time with them.
The AAP said that parents should interact with their babies, talk to them and encourage them instead of making them watch videos. One potential side-effect is that it would delay the baby's ability to talk, if they are left on their own to watch TV at such a young age.
According to Discovery News, Dr. Ari Brown, who is a member of the academy, said that it was important to issue the new guidelines due to the availabilities of DVDs meant for children under the age of two years. The academy also believes that in this technologically advanced day and age, parents actually encourage their children to watch TV or videos on tablets and smartphones.
"This updated policy statement provides further evidence that media - both foreground and background - have potentially negative effects and no known positive effects for children younger than two years," the AAP said. "Thus the AAP reaffirms its recommendation to discourage media use in this age group." it added.