EDISON - Children 8 years old and under are spending twice as much time on screen media as they do reading or being read to, according to a new Common Sense Media study.

The national study showed that half of all children now have access to a smartphone, a video iPod, or an iPad or other tablet device at home.

The San Francisco-based non-profit group found that despite more than a decade of warnings from the American Academy of Pediatricians, screen time offers no benefits for children under 2. The study showed that only 14 percent of the parents surveyed said their doctor had ever discussed media use with them.

Common Sense Media Study