The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that children should not spend long periods of time in front of computer screens or tablets, and should be limited to a maximum of two hours a day.
Dr. Victor Strasburger, the author of the new recommendations, believes that this is the optimal length of time that young people spend with electronic devices, since in the case of prolonged contact, they can have harmful effects. According to the doctor, excessive use of equipment can lead to sleep problems, which in turn is likely to cause deterioration in learning outcomes.
The Strasburger advises to ban teenagers from using computers and television in their bedrooms, and also set a 2-hour limit on Internet usage, social media, smartphones and TV viewing.
The Academy’s new policy is the result of a 2010 study showing that Americans ages 8 to 18 spend at least 7 hours a day entertaining each day.
In principle, the proposal is not at all bad. Today’s youth really spend all day with computers, consoles and smartphones, the world beyond them not seeing. Many have not read a book for a long time, let alone the fact that hardly anyone cares about physical fitness. Such limitations could therefore only come out for good.
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