More exercise, less time in front of electronic devices More exercise, less time in front of electronic devices

Experts advise reducing the time children spend in front cell phones and promote physical activity instead.

Specialists from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, in the United States recommend spending a maximum of 2 hours a day in front of cell phone screens, TV sets or computers, except in workplaces or academic undertakings. Where small children are involved, parents and caretakers must be the example as regulating and limiting these activities is absolutely necessary. Physical activity or a time for playing must not be compromised.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP, offers some tips to promote exercise and recreation in the family:

  •  Being a reference point for the children is fundamental by giving example and exercising yourself.
  •  Allot the time for exercising, involve your children in activities that are varied and fun according to their age. One hour a day is recommendable.
  •  Register the activities and follow-up on the same.
  •  Focus on the positive aspects, praise effort and participation.

Time in front of the screen according to age:

  • Up to 18 months, children should not interact with digital devices.
  • Between 18 months and 2 years, less than one hour a day is recommendable with the accompaniment of the parents or caretakers.
  • From 2 to 5 years, the suggested time is under two hours a day, preferably with educational content.

Take into account

A study by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation assessed that children and adolescents between 8 and 18 years old spend 7.5 hours a day submerged in different entertainment media.

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