Children and Digital Media

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Sleeping with cell phones or tablets can lower the quality of sleep states a medical article in  Univadis publication. This can be an important concern to all people and especially the young. The article states nearly 1/5th of all children sleep with their cellphones and quality of sleep may affect their health and immune system.

A recent CNN article reports a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics which sets guidelines. The academy recommends that for children 2 to 5 years of age, screen time should be limited to one hour per day.

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For kids ages 6 and older, parents can determine the restrictions for time spent using screen, as well as monitor the types of digital media their children use.

Babies are most vulnerable to screens. Infants aged 18 months and younger should not be exposed to any digital media, the academy says.

Digital media has opened the door to wonderful access to knowledge. However, like anything in life, moderation is the key and protecting children from undo eyestrain and poor sleep.

 

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