World Health Organization: Don’t make young children accustomed to watching television

New World Health Organization guidelines state that children under the age of two should not sit in front of a television and computer screen. While children over the age of two and up to four years should have at least one hour to sit in front of the screens.

The British Department of Health has no guidelines on this, but it has been said that television should not be watched before going to bed. The British Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health insists there is no evidence that sitting on the screen can have adverse effects on a child’s health.

The World Health Organization’s new guidelines are about watching children’s television, sitting in front of a television or computer, tablet or mobile phone screen to calm or engage children. The baby become inactive, which can be the cause of global child mortality or causes obesity disorders.

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This is the first time that the World Health Organization has issued guidelines on the physical activity and cognition of children under the age of five, their attitude to sitting and their sleeping hours.

A warning issued by the World Health Organization about sitting in front of a screen says that children should not be kept in a bag, car seat or swing for more than an hour.

These guidelines were presented at the Glasgow meeting.

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For newborns

  • Keep it physically active several times throughout the day. Lie on the stomach for at least 30 minutes to improve digestion.
  • The socket should never be set in front of the screen.
  • For newborn babies sleep between 14 and 17 hours a day, however, when they are 11 months old, their sleep times are 12 to 16 hours.
  • Children should not be kept in a baby seat for more than an hour continuously.

One and two year olds

  • At least three hours of physical exercise.
  • Children under one year of age should not be allowed to use static sitting screens, but children older than two years may be engaged on screen for one hour.
  • Sleep 11 to 14 hours a day.
  • Do not tie in place or seat for more than an hour, without being tied too late.

For children aged three to four years

  • Engage in some form of physical activity for at least three hours. Which involves a very serious activity.
  • Time to sit on the screen for at most one hour. It will be better if there is less time.
  • 10 to 11 hours of sleep a day, besides sleeping.
  • Do not tie in place or seat for more than an hour, without being tied too late.
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Children should not be kept in a baby seat for more than an hour. The World Health Organization guidelines have been released on the basis of information so far but there is no definitive research that can determine the benefits or disadvantages of overuse of the screen.

However, Dr Khawana Wei Lums, one of the guiding principles, says that the baby does not seem to benefit from the screen while sitting still.

‘Better use of sitting time. For example, read a book with your child. This improves the child’s ability to learn the language. ‘

A child sitting in front of a tablet screen in silence does not get a better time. ‘

‘Children should be provided with opportunities for maximum physical activity and physical activity, and we should reduce their inactivity.’

Television programs that provide physical exercise to children may be fine. It is better if a parent or supervisor is present with the child.

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What do other experts say?

  • Children under 18 months in the United States do not use the screen.
  • Use of the screen is prohibited in Canada for children under the age of two.
  • However, there are no guidelines in the UK.

“The proposed WHO guidelines have nothing to do with the time and cost of sitting in front of the screen.”  says Max Davey of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health.

“In our research so far, there has been no concrete evidence that can determine the time to sit on the screen.”

It is difficult to know how to prevent a young child from sitting on the screen in a family with children of different ages, as stated in the guidelines. ‘

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Screen usage is prohibited in Canada for children under the age of two. Overall, these guidelines of the WHO help to set a good standard of living a good and active life. Achieving such an absolute goal without ‘proper help’ becomes an enemy of common good. ‘

Mental development specialist at the UOL, Dr Tim Smith, says that there are conflicting types of guidelines on parents that will create more confusion for them.

There is no evidence that the time limit for the use of screen in terms of children’s ages can be set.

While this report says a good thing. Use the screen while sitting idle and to be physically active using sports on the screen. Simplify complex activities like children and family screen usage. Is synonymous.

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What can parents do?

Paula Martin is a teacher and has two young children. She says’ her son has learned a lot by watching dinosaurs’ programs on television and he is learning new things. ‘

‘He does not just sit there and sleep. Obviously he is using his brain. ‘

“I don’t know how I will prepare my food. How to cook it, how to do it if I don’t have anything to look at,” says Paula.

The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health says parents can ask themselves these questions.

  • Can screen time be controlled?
  • Is screen time affecting your family’s daily activities?
  • Is screen time affecting your sleep?
  • Can you control eating light dishes during screen time?

If a family is satisfied with the answers to these questions, they can better manage screen time use.

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