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You must have noticed your parents asking you to stay away from television and other gadgets. You think that they are stopping just because they have a habit of doing so, but that not true!
There is a proper research made after it and it is proved that if you want your kids to do well in life, limit their screen time to less than two hours, and encourage them to do physical activities and to have sufficient sleep.
The research says that children should not face screens more than two hours a day which is far from reality. We all know how many hours do we sit in front of the screens. These two hours have said because beyond that the cognitive development of the human brain gets hampered particularly during childhood and adolescence. This study was published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.
"We found that more than two hours of recreational screen time in children was associated with poorer cognitive development," said one of the researchers Jeremy Walsh, CHEO Research Institute, Canada.
The study involved around 5000 children between the age group of 8-11 years, and their parents who were given questionnaires to fill and measures at the outset of the trial to estimate the child's physical activity, sleep and screen time.
"Behaviours and day-to-day activities contribute to brain and cognitive development in children, and physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep might independently and collectively affect cognition," Walsh said.
"Based on our findings, pediatricians, parents, educators, and policymakers should promote limiting recreational screen time and prioritizing healthy sleep routines throughout childhood and adolescence," Walsh added.The more individual recommendations the child met, the better was their cognition, the findings showed.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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