You would be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to say that allowing young children to watch a lot of television is a good idea. However, a new study suggests that it could actually be bad for their health.
Professor Mitch Blair, an officer for health promotion at Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said to the Guardian, “Whether it’s mobile phones, games consoles, TVs or laptops, advances in technology mean children are exposed to screens for longer amounts of time than ever before. We are becoming increasingly concerned, as are paediatricians in several other countries, as to how this affects the rapidly developing brain in children and young people.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also suggested guidelines for children under 3, “media — both foreground and background — have potentially negative effects and no known positive effects for children younger than 2 years”.
The study itself goes further by suggesting that even older children should be allowed a maximum of two hours. They also discourage any type of computer or television screen in bedrooms.
It’s not an easy adjustment for parents to make, though. As Justine Roberts, co-founder of Mumsnet in Britain, said, “It would be great if someone could invent a lock that could automatically ensure a daily shut down of all the different devices in and around the home after a designated period. Until such a thing is invented, it’s going to be an ongoing battle to keep on top of everything.”
(By Marissa Brassfield for CalorieLab)
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