Too much screen time bad for kids

stick_figure_watching_tv_pc_1600_wht_3837-2As children spend longer and longer in front of screens, especially girls as they get older, experts think that the recommended guidelines should be re-written.

The American Academy of Pediatrics published recommendations in 2001.

They said:

  • children under 2 years of age should have no exposure to screens.
  • children over 2 years of age no more than 2 hours a day.

Researchers in Australia asked almost 3,000 children aged between 8 and 16 about their use of screens. An average of 63% used a screen for more than 2 hours a day. And screen time appeared to increase with age. 80% of children aged 14 to 15 used screens for more than 2 hours a day.

Public Health England states in its briefing note: “Children who spend more time watching TV and playing video games tend to experience higher levels of emotional distress and depression“.

It’s too easy to dump kids in front of a screen to keep them quiet instead of interacting with them.

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