Parents have been warned to keep devices away from the dinner table in new advice to ensure kids do not overindulge on screen time.
England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies released the eight points of guidance in a new report analysing how children’s time spent on smartphones, tablets and computers and in front of the television impacts on their development.
Dame Davies highlighted the importance of face-to-face conversation at the dinner table as well as axing screens from the bedroom to ensure good quality sleep.
Link to helpful report & advice for parents and carers on social media & screen time & young people from @CMO_Englandhttps://t.co/mlm5rAYJn9pic.twitter.com/F4eZW83xNs
— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) February 7, 2019
She also asked parents to follow schools’ screen time on policy and to make sure that kids don’t use phones while out and about near busy roads.
Other advice included not sharing family photos online, promoting taking breaks, talking to kids about their viewing habits and using apps and parental guidance features to monitor and control screen time.