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World Health Organization’s New Screen Time Guidelines

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World Health Organization’s New Screen Time Guidelines

Nowadays, it’s no longer uncommon for children as young as one-year-old to spend so much time in front of electronic screens. Most of today’s kids find themselves glued to the screens of their televisions, iPads, mobile phones, and video game consoles. This gives them lesser time to engage in physical activities and get enough quality sleep.

Seeing how unhealthy this routine is for children, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued new screen time guidelines. The world body states that infants under 18 months should not be exposed to electronic screens unless it’s for the purpose of video calling. Also, kids between the ages of 2 and 4 are only allowed to have at least one hour of “sedentary screen time” every day.

It also suggests that children under 5 years of age should not be restrained on high chairs or strollers for more than an hour. Neither should parents or caregivers have them strapped for the same duration.

 

Lesser Screen Time, More Active Lifestyle

Every year, over 5 million people across the world die due to physical inactivity. Today, about 80% of teens and 23% of adults worldwide aren’t physically active. WHO experts advise parents to train their children in such a way that they will have a balanced healthy physical activity and sedentary behavior as early as possible. This will help shape their healthy habits as they grow up.

The U.N. agency explains that limiting, or possibly even eliminating, screen time for kids younger than 5 will enable them to grow up as healthy adults. However, confiscating their electronic devices during the scheduled hours is not the only solution to ensure quality life. Children in this age group are also advised to get more sleep and at least 3 hours of exercise daily in order for them to develop healthy habits that can lower their chances of obesity and other diseases later on in life.

The director-general of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanmom Ghebreyesus, emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle right from the earlier years of our lives. He pointed out that “early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.”

Dr. Fiona Bull, a program manager of the global agency, led the team responsible for developing the guidelines. She stated that in order for children to improve their overall well-being and reduce the risk of childhood obesity, they must follow these three simple steps: improve physical activity, limit sedentary time, and ensure quality sleep.

 

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