The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends kids under five spend an hour or less on digital screens a day. Children under one are recommended not to use electronic gadgets at all.
Learn more about the updated WHO daily screen time recommendations for children under 5 from your local vision center.
New WHO Screen Time Recommendations
“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” 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.”
According to Fiona Bull of WHO, encouraging children to participate in more physical activities can help them have quality sleep, improve their entire wellbeing, and prevent childhood obesity.
A study found that excessive TV watching is related to “poorer performance on developmental screening tests.” The effects of too much screen time are also apparent on a comprehensive eye exam, through observing the pupil size and assessment of accommodative function.
As per the AOA’s 2018 American Eye-Q® survey, three-quarters of parents are worried that their children may damage their eyes due to excessive gadget use. In the report, 4 in 5 parents said their kid spends at least an hour every day using a mobile phone or computer. Monitor your children’s eye health and vision by regularly visiting your eye doctor. Keep in mind that good vision is essential to your kid’s performance in school and at play.
Too Much Screen Time in Children
Being sedentary can have developmental effects on young children. Sedentary behavior in kids affects the development of motor skills essential for writing when starting kindergarten. Vocabulary, communication skills and eye contact are also reduced.
Increased screen time has been related to ADHD symptoms as well as reduced attention, decision-making and cognitive control. Screen time hinders problem-solving and can cause premature thinning of the cortex according to brain scans.
The new guidelines aim to aid parents in managing the amount of time their children spend on screens and the frequency of breaks. Turn to Lifetime Vision Source for the whole family’s eye care needs. You can visit us for a contact lens exam, pediatric eye exam, accurate eyeglass prescription and more. Call us at (701) 864-3777 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. We assist patients in Medina and Valley City, ND.