screen time for kids

In a new set of guidelines, The infant under 1-year-old should not be exposed to any kind of electronic rays, and children between 2 to 4 should not have more than 1 hour of screen time each day. In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a guideline that there should be no screen time other than video chatting for children under 18 months

Physical strength and general health complaints

The world health organization recommends that individuals aged between 5 and 17 years participate in at least 1 h of moderate‐to‐vigorous physical activity per day. Any additional time being physically active has accumulative health benefits.

During early adolescence, time spent on screen‐based activities contributes to the chance of reporting general physical complaints, in particular, headache and backache.

Differences in symptoms according to screen type have been documented. For example, headaches were more frequent during TV viewing for more than 3 h. Thompson DA, Polk S, Cheah CS et al. Maternal beliefs and parenting practices regarding their preschool child’s television viewing: An exploration in a sample of low‐income Mexican‐origin mothers. Clin. Pediatr. (Phila) 2015.

In the investigation the relationship between screen-based behaviors, physical activity, and health complaints such as headache, feeling low, irritability, and nervousness. Screen viewing activity included watching TV, using a computer, and time spent playing video games. In other research girls who reported more screen time activities were more irritable.

How much is too much

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents of kids and teens aged from 5 to 18 years old place a consistent limit on the use of any media. Not all screen time is created equal.

Parents should how their kid use screen and whether screen time is positive or negative for example screens used for homework or other educational purposes might not be restricted.

In order to make child screen time more productive, look at the ratings, which can run from EC (meaning “early childhood”) to AO (meaning “adults only”).

Make sure kids have a variety of free-time activities, like spending time with friends and playing sports, which can help them develop a healthy body and mind.

Saunders T, Chaput JP, Tremblay MS. Sedentary behavior as an emerging risk factor for cardiometabolic diseases in children and youth. Can. J. Diabetes 2014.

Too much screen time is becoming an epidemic:

Nearly one-third of 12 to 15-year-olds watch TV and use the computer for at least 2 hours every day. 6.9% spend more than 5 hours with screens daily. Multiple types of screen time can add up to 5-7 hours daily.

According to the market-research group Nielsen, adults spend 11 hours per day interacting with media and four years ago this was averaging at 9 hours and 41 minutes. Out of these 11 hours, 4 hours is used interacting with TV. It is clear that a lot of is being spent interacting with media.

Moreover, in some research, the time spent on media is double-counted (or even triple counted), as it is in the Common Sense Media report. That is if a teen has the TV on while he or she has a smartphone in hand, the screen time is counted twice.

For the holidays, it’s okay to binge some on screens. Like overeating on the holidays, though, we just don’t want to make it a habit. Remember that there are so many other wonderful activities to do with our families that don’t involve screens.

We aren’t making a sacrifice by limiting our screen time when we engage in these other enjoyable, need-satisfying activities.

When the amount of screen time crosses the line

We can use screen time so much that we can earn the benefit. Even so, there’s not some magical line that is crossed, and the person experiences a steep drop-off. It could be a gradual shift such that the cons start to outweigh the pros of certain metrics of well-being.

In my opinion screen use can slowly and quietly leech away some of our productivity. Chonchaiya W, Sirachairat C, Vijakkhana N, Wilaisakditipakorn T, Pruksananonda C. Elevated background TV exposure over time increases behavioral scores of 18‐month‐old toddlers when the amount of screen time crosses the line a child can suffer from childhood obesity.

Likewise, childhood obesity is related to the growing prevalence of the metabolic syndrome.

Recently, there has been a growing interest in the association between screen time (watching TV, using a computer or playing electronic games) and childhood obesity


The amount of time being spent interacting with has injurious effects on the children it is a hot topic today. If your kids are turning into technology-feeding zombies then it’s time to establish some rule to overturn the situation, otherwise, they can act quite rebellious.

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