Paediatricians say latest guidelines on TV, bedtimes and play based on poor evidence
Children under the age of three should not watch TV or sit playing games on a tablet, while those aged three and four should not have more than an hour of screen time a day, according to disputed guidelines on physical activity and sleep by the World Health Organization.
Face-to-face interaction with parents or carers is essential for small children’s development, the WHO says. Reading to them, playing games and physical activity are considered far more important than screen time. Set bedtimes are also encouraged.
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