A national conference was hosted in San Francisco and more than 10,000 pediatricians gathered there to talk about rules that should be implemented by parents for the health of their children. One of the topics that were discussed there involved the screen time that children should be allowed to watch every day.
This topic is a very important now because kids are being allowed to have more screen time than before. More and more children are watching TV, playing games on PC and looking at videos on a tablet. This can affect their eyesight and their personality. Because they don’t understand a lot of things that they see when they are little, parents need to implement some new rules.
Before this meeting occurred, pediatricians agreed to less than 2 hours of screen time for children who were 2 years old. Now we are all surrounded by media and it is really difficult to stop your kids from wanting to be part of the technology era.
At this gathering, doctors decided that it is not good for children to spend so much screen time especially for children younger than 5 years old. Doctors decided that kids 2 to 5 years should have only one hour of screen time every day. They also mentioned that they should spend that time with their children so that they wouldn’t watch anything inappropriate.
Children older than 6 years can have more screen time but parents need to make sure that they are spending that time in a right manner. Pediatricians established that infants should not have any screen time until they turn 18 months old.
The doctors mentioned that although infants don’t watch TV, the noise can be distracting and it can cause problems. For instance, if the mother is breastfeeding the child and she is watching TV at the same time, the baby can be affected. The light and sound can distract the kid and this is why they can have sleeping and eating problems.
Also, another problem caused by screen time is that it can affect the bond between parents and their child. Children prefer to spend more screen time than to stay with their parents. This is why it is better for parents to read a book to their children or just spend some time talking to the kids in order to establish a stronger connection.
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