Children under one should not be exposed to any electronic screens, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation.
WHO has also recommended the limit for two-to four-year-olds is an hour a day or less.
That includes, watching TV, using smartphones or tablets, and playing video games.
WHO expert Dr Juana Willumsen said the guidelines are “really about ensuring that children have that opportunity for active play” as “it’s the way that children learn”.
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The researchers also recommended that children under 5 not be restrained in strollers or high chairs or strapped to a caregiver’s back for more than one hour at a time. And children between the ages of 1 and 5 should get three hours of physical activity per day, and get at least 10 hours of sleep per night.
“Physical activity has the greatest impact, and the recommendation for 180 minutes of physical activity for children over 1 of year of age is really a return to active play. We’re not recommending structured exercise,” Dr Willumsen said.
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