"My own research shows that a child is adapted to try to fit in with social interaction," he says. Something as ephemeral as a TV screen can drain a child's resources, but a person can react and withdraw according to the child's own pattern. Everything, even diapering, can be a learning opportunity when a parent is in this rhythm with a child.
Dr. Brazelton believes that for older children, an hour a day of TV is the maximum parents should allow. During that time, parents should be there to help children understand what they are viewing and to ensure they are not being overstimulated.