The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends children spend no more than an hour a day using digital devices. Those who are under a year old shouldn’t use gadgets as much as possible according to the organization.
In this post, your local orthokeratology specialist, Eye and Vision Care, discusses WHO’s new daily screen time guidelines for children under five.
More Time for Physical Activities
WHO says that children should spend more time doing physical activities and they should get enough sleep. Kids from two to four years old should get not more than an hour of screen time aday. Increased screen time has been linked to the rise in obesity, according to the WHO guidelines.
“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.”
Children who spend a lot of time in front of screens are at higher risk of developing digital eye strain, dry eye and nearsightedness. Regularly visit your local optometrist, Eye and Vision Care, for an eye exam to keep track of your child’s eye health.
Too Much Screen Time in Young Children
Studies found that being sedentary can affect a child’s development. Children who spend too much time on digital devices are less likely to have good motor skills. Vocabulary, communication skills and eye contact may be affected.
Screen time has also been linked to ADHD symptoms. Their attention span, decision-making and cognitive control are reduced. A child’s creativity may suffer as screen time interferes with problem-solving. Psychiatric disorders and premature thinning of the cortex have also been linked to screen time.
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