Excessive screen time: How bad for children? Is too much viewing of electronic screens bad for children? Yes, said the World Health Organization in a recent report. Yet it only partly answered the question. Screen time was correlated with quality sleep and activity for kids less than age five. “More is better,” a WHO panel of experts noted of restful sleep and physical movement for infants to toddlers. In sedentary moments, reading and storytelling with the caregiver was preferred. “Children under five must spend less time sitting and watching screens or restrained in seats,” WHO prescribed. “They should get quality sleep and time for active play if they are to grow up healthy.” Conversely, “less is better,” WHO said of viewing gadgets, playing videogames, and watching television. No more than one hour a day was recommended for the under-five age group. WHO frowned on more than an hour of restraint in prams, … [Read more...] about Excessive screen time: How bad for children?