Doctors suggest parents should manage children's screen time
For the first time, the government has published guidelines for families on how to manage their children’s online screen time and social media.
This comes as social media giants are facing intense scrutiny over their complacency on the accessibility of content relating to suicide and self-harm.
Statistics on excessive use of social media show an alarming negative impact on young people, with depressive symptoms among boys and girls increasing with social media use.
Research carried out by University College London has found a link between those who use screen-based activities more frequently and over longer periods and mental health problems. However, they could not determine whether screen time can cause these issues.
The publication recommends:
Parents and children openly discussing internet safety, including sharing photos and information online.
Getting enough, good quality sleep is very important. Parents and children should leave their phones outside the room during bedtime.
Making sure children abide by their school’s policy on mobile phones/personal devices.
Having quality family time together without screens, and having conversations with their kids about what they are watching and doing online.
Taking note of a sudden change in behaviour. This could indicate something is wrong.
Educating kids to put their screens away while crossing the road or doing an activity that needs their full attention.
Is social media a good tool for kids, or should all technology be limited?