New guidelines from the World Health Organization say that the screen time of children should be limited. As per the WHO, children below the age of 5 shouldn’t be encouraged to spend more than an hour a day in front of the screen whereas infants under the age of 1, shouldn’t be allowed any screen time at all.
Along with this, the health organization also says that infants and children should be made to stay physically active. According to the new guidelines, they should spend at least 180 minutes moving physically. The WHO also recommends that children below 5 should be made to get ample sleep as promoting these habits earlier on can help prevent health complications later in life.
Since the first few years of a baby’s life set the tune for his behaviors, it is crucial to plant such seeds from earlier on. Moreover, the WHO also says that leisure time of children must be spent by telling them stories or reading to them. These new guidelines have been concluded on the grounds of various studies from around the globe.
As explanation, the organization said that the more time that is spent looking at the screen, the less is spent on sleeping. It also stressed that increased time spent on the screen was linked to an increased body mass index. Several groups of people have expressed their disagreement with WHO’s new guidelines.
Some think these are impractical, others think they are too restrictive despite lack of evidence, and yet others believe that the WHO has not taken into account the many benefits of screen time for children. The first group referred says that there’s not much women, who form the majority when it comes to housework and child care, can do to keep children engaged in this age along with juggling other chores.