Exercise, sleep, screens: New guidelines for children under 5

Children at a smartphone shop in Seoul in 2017. Playing computer games is one type of sedentary screen time

Children at a smartphone shop in Seoul in 2017. Playing computer games is one type of sedentary screen time

Stephen Balkam, founder and chief executive of the Family Online Safety Institute, whose members include such technology industry players as Google, Facebook and Amazon, said there's an important difference between "screen time" and "screen use".

"Our research has shown that now there is not strong enough evidence to support the setting of screen time limits, and that screen use should be considered alongside a range of activities to assess its impact", he said. In addition, screen time is not recommended for children under the age of one.

Children 3-4 years of age should spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, of which at least 60 minutes is moderate- to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day.

Professor Andrew Przybylski, from the University of Oxford, said: "On the basis of common sense numerous recommendations make sense but in many ways the conclusions drawn about screens are out of step with scientific evidence of harm".

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Issuing its first such guidelines, the World Health Organization has recommended the limit for two-to four-year-olds is an hour a day - or less is better.

Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g. prams/strollers, high chairs, or strapped on a caregiver's back). In 2010, the agency released global recommendations on physical activity for health, making recommendations for three age groups: children aged 5 to 17, adults 18 to 65 and adults 65 and older. For babies who are not yet mobile, they should spend at least 30 minutes a day in prone position, or "tummy time", spread throughout the day while awake.

When an infant happens to be spending too much time seated, World Health Organization recommends engaging in reading or storytelling with a caregiver - and screen time is not recommended for this age group. Children aged one to two years old should spend at least 180 minutes being active and 11 to 14 hours sleeping, the report states.

3- to 4-year-olds shouldn't go over one hour of screen time.

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In Canada, screen time for children younger than two is not recommended. The WHO didn't outline negative side effects associated with screen time, but noted that more physical activity (and thereby less screen time) is necessary for the overall well-being of kids.

Concerns about screen time begin well before children start reaching for their parents' iPads and smartphones, said Emily Oster, a professor of economics at Brown University and the author of "Cribsheet: a Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting".

One in three adults today are overweight or obese, and one in four adults does not do enough physical activity, she said.

The guidelines are to help push children to more physical activity and away from being sedentary, watching phones, tablets, computers, televisions and more.

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"None would contest the fact that increasing physical activity, sleep, and health are important goals and it is possible that screens impact young people in a wide range of ways but we won't know that until good scientific studies are done".

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