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Call to limit screen time to one hour; HEALTH.

A LEADING Birmingham child psychiatrist has backed calls to limit screen time for children under five to an hour a day.

Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg, medical director at the Priory Woodbourne Hospital, in the city, is supporting guidelines recommended by US experts who have said parents shouldn't let their kids watch TV for too long.

She said: "The ubiquitous use of smart phones amongst adults is now also the case among pre-school children, with parents also using TVs and laptops and iPads as 'digital nannies' to allow themselves time to check their own devices or complete activities.

"There is ample evidence to demonstrate the negative effects of screen time on older children, particularly on those using screens for more than three hours a day.

"These include structural and functional brain imaging changes, increases in emotional distress and higher rates of anxiety and depressive symptoms, as well as lack of sleep."

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 16, 2016
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