Greater Awareness on Effects of Screen Time Needed

I have called for greater awareness around the issue of screen time for under 2 years.

This follows the release of a major study in Canada, examining the effect of screen time on the developmental process in toddlers.

The warnings from this study echoes the concerns of many child development experts. The Canadian study highlights the possible impact screen time can have on a child’s development.

In an ideal world children under the age of 2 would not have any screen time at all, however, increasing numbers of young children and toddlers are using technology regularly.

According to the START campaign a child in Ireland, under 2 years old, spends on average 1 hour and 15 mins on screens every day, increasing at weekends. This can form habits that will stretch across their childhood and beyond, which can lead to a host of negative effects.

We already know that increased screen time can lead to physical inactivity and have a negative impact on diet, however, as this is an evolving field of technology and many of the long term effects are yet to be fully understood, I would urge people of all ages to act with moderation with how much screen time they get.

Children are the most vulnerable when it comes to forming bad habits, we should not be naïve to the fact that too much screen time can have damaging effects that many are unaware of.

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