Majority of children under age 5 exceeding recommended screen time guidelines

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Majority of children under age 5 exceeding recommended screen time guidelines

A new study reports “the majority of children under age 5 are getting more screen time than is recommended.” The report was a systematic review and meta-analysis that found that “more than 75% of children younger than 2 and 64% of kids ages 2 to 5 exceeded the recommended guidelines.”

The investigators “analyzed over 60 studies looking at more than 89,000 children around the world” and “found that kids under 2 consume more TV and movies, while kids ages 2 to 5 engage in everything from TV and movies to tablets and video games.”

Guidelines suggest that

  • infants younger than 2 years avoid screen time altogether,
  • while children aged 2 to 5 years receive no more than 1 hour per day.

These guidelines have been adopted around the world. The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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