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  • Amanda B

Limit Screentime to One Hour a Day for under 5's and None at all for Under 2's, WHO says

Limit Screentime to One Hour a Day for under 5's and None at all for Under 2's, WHO says

The World Health Organization has announced that screentime for children under the age of five should be limited to an hour a day and children under age of two should not have any screentime at all.

Last June, WHO added video game addiction too its list of disorders, but this is the first time they've issued guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under age of 5. 

The new guidance has been drawn up in response to global obesity crisis and sets out how young children of different ages should spend their time.  It highlights the importance of avoiding sedentary screen time, in a bid to ensure children get sufficient exercise. One in five children in England are currently overweight or obese by the time they start primary school, rising to one in three by the time they leave. 

WHO warn: "Physical activity has been identified as a leading risk factor for global mortality and a contributor to the rise in overweight and obesity. Early childhood is a period of rapid physical and cognitive development and a time during which a child's habits are formed."

The recommendations go much further than recent guidance from the UK's chief medical officers.

TimeTokens helps parents & children keep screentime in check. It’s clever system means you are give your child screentime, not take it away.  The results are impressive. It removes arguments, keeps a healthy balance of screentime (in line with WHO guidelines) and encourages life skills like resilience.  Also available to buy on Amazon

WHO guidelines on physical activity for children

Aged up to one

  • 'More is better' for physical activity
  • 30 minutes of daily tummy time
  • No sedentary screen time (watching TV, videos, computer games)
  • Between 12 and 17 hours of sleep – including naps

Aged one

  • No sedentary screen time (watching TV, videos, computer games)
  • 180 minutes of daily physical activity
  • Between 11 and 14 hours of sleep – including naps

Aged two

  • No more than one hour of sedentary screen time. Less is better
  • 180 minutes of daily physical activity
  • Between 11 and 14 hours of sleep – including naps

Aged three to four

  • No more than one hour of sedentary screen time. Less is better
  • 180 minutes of daily physical activity
  • Between 10 and 13 hours of sleep – including nap

Thanks for reading :-)

  • Amanda B

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