Are your kids spending too much time in front of screens?
The World Health Organization has published the new guidelines to follow, and parents with young children should take note!
According to the WHO, children under the age of five should reduce time in front of screens, sleep longer hours, and spend more time actively playing if they want to grow up healthy.
The study states that the younger the child, the more serious the consequences. In fact, babies under the age of one should not spend any time in front of electronic device screens sedentarily, such as sitting and watching TV or games with mobile phones. For children aged three to four, sedentary screen time should be limited by less than one hour per day.
"Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when lifestyle patterns in the family must be adapted to improve the health benefits of the whole family," said WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. And with 80% of adolescents not being physically active enough around the world, the long-term effects of not correcting this could lead to serious consequences.
On the contrary, if established from birth, healthy habits less screen time and more physical movement and more hours of sleep, they will almost certainly continue this way into adolescence and into adulthood. These patterns will strengthen not only physical but also mental health.
HOW TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE
Okay, you understand the new guidelines and they make sense. The secret is to look for an easy way to apply these tips without this being an overspending for the family.
- Try to set "active play" time in your children's routine. Instead of sedentary hobbies like watching a movie, playing video games, or playing with your mobile phone, get your kids used to more active games like reading, storytelling, singing, or puzzling. These forms of interactive play are crucial for child development according to WHO guidelines.
- And when the time comes when your kids can spend some time in front of the screens, protect their eyes from the harmful effects of blue light with some blue anti-light glasses for children. This will not only help prevent "computer visual syndrome"but also significantly reduce the suppressive effects of melatonin that has blue light and that causes sleep disorders, especially for children.