New research shows that screen time for kids starts at a very early age, and therefore should be kept in check to avoid future discrepancies.
According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the University at Albany and the New York University Langone Medical Center, kids nowadays invest a lot of their time watching mobile or TV. Worse, this is said to start at a very early age. It was revealed that the average screen time per day increases from 53 minutes at the age of 12 months to more than 150 minutes at three years old. By the time they're eight- and if they're home-based or only children- they record the highest amount of screen time.
"Our results indicate that screen habits begin early," said Edwina Yeung, Ph.D., the study's senior author, and an investigator in the Epidemiology Branch of NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
@NIH urges parents to keep infant and toddler screen time to a minimum, says docs recommend no television or other digital screen time for the first 18 months of life. No more than an hour a day for those 2-5 years of age. https://t.co/dgsS8PgtQX— Mark McCarty (@MedDeviceMark) November 26, 2019
He also suggested to step in and ask them to regulate their screen time as early as possible in order to attain success in the future.
"This finding suggests that interventions to reduce screen time could have a better chance of success if introduced early," he continued.
The American Academy of Pediatrics conveyed a reference time slot for screen exposure to kids of all ages. They disclosed that kids under 18 months of age should not watch any screen media, and should instead be introduced to it somewhere between 18 to 24 months old. Then, you should limit screen time to an hour a day from two to five years old.
NICHD researchers carried out an analysis of the data from the Upstate Kids study from 2008 to 2010, initially recorded to follow the development of children after infertility treatments. The study was made by recording statements given by mothers of about 4000 children aged 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 months, and also when they turned seven or eight years old.
The study revealed that 87 percent of the children didn't match the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. While the screen time kept on increasing substantially, researches found a downfall to 1.5 hours a day at the age of 7 to 8 years. They inferred that the reason could be an increase in the time of school-related activities.
The study's authors divided the children into two groups. The first group- 73 percent of the total- had the lowest increase from an average of nearly 51 minutes a day to almost an hour and 47 minutes a day. The second group- 27 percent of the total- had the highest increase from nearly 37 minutes of screen time a day to about four hours a day. Girls were less likely to be in the second group than boys, while children of first-time mothers fell in the second group. Additionally, twins were more likely to be in the second group than single-born children. Children in center-based care also have lesser chances of high screen time compared to those in home-based care.