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Australian children in danger of spending more time in front of screens than at school

Kids spend more time in front of screens than at school

Kids spend more time in front of screens than at school. Credit to image: theaustralian.co.au

 

 

TECH-savvy kids now spend more time online or watching TV than they do at school and should be put on a “media diet” of two hours a day, pediatricians warned.

Doctors have been advised to start grilling parents about their kids’ online habits to prevent obesity, bullying and sexual problems.

Australian pediatricians are backing new guidance issued by the American Academy of Paediatrics, which urges parents to impose a “curfew” for smartphones, and discourage babies and toddlers from watching any TV.

Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said children were growing obese because they spend too much time sitting in front of screens.

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