LONDON (AP) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has released for the first time how much screen time children under 5 should receive: not very much and not at all for children under 1.
The UN health organization said Wednesday that children under the age of five should not spend more than an hour on the screen – and that less is better.
The guidelines are similar to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This group recommends children under 18 months of age to avoid screens other than video chats. It is said that parents of young children under the age of two should choose "quality programs" with educational value that can be observed by a parent so that children understand what they are seeing.
Some groups said WHO's screen-time guidelines did not take into account the potential benefits of digital media.
The WHO screen-time recommendations "focus too much on the amount of screen time and do not take into account the content and context of use," said Andrew Przybylski, research director at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford. Msgstr "Not all screen times are created equal."
The British Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health said the available data was too weak for its experts to set thresholds for the appropriate screen time.
"Our research has shown that there is currently insufficient evidence to support the definition of screen deadlines," said Drs. Max Davie, the health improvement officer of the college. "Screening time limits proposed by the WHO do not seem to be appropriate for the potential harm," he said.
The WHO has not described in detail the potential harm caused by too much screening time, but the guidelines ̵
The agency said infants under the age of one should spend at least half an hour every day in their guts and older children should have at least three hours of physical activity every day.