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Screen Time for Children

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

 

Source: BS

Context: During the seventh edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of quality sleep for students, sharing a personal insight that he falls asleep within 30 seconds of going to bed.

He cautioned against excessive screen time, noting its potential to disrupt sleep patterns, and advocated for a balanced lifestyle. The message serves as a timely reminder for students, parents, and teachers to prioritize restful sleep as a crucial component of overall well-being.

 

Excessive screen time among children has been associated with a range of negative impacts on their physical and mental well-being. The prolonged use of screens, particularly for activities such as gaming or social media, has been linked to health issues like obesity, sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety. Moreover, it negatively influences their cognitive development, reducing essential social skills such as empathy by limiting face-to-face interactions.

To address these concerns, WHO guidelines recommend no screen time for babies under 2 years old, with limited screen time for those aged 2 to 4. Additionally, implementing parental controls and filters can help block access to unsuitable content and products, ensuring a healthier screen time experience for children.