Mobile phones should be banned from the dinner table and bedtimes as part of a healthy approach to devices, the UK’s four chief medical officers have said.
Children should also take a break from screen-based activities every two hours, the guidance said.
What does the guidance recommend parents do?
There are several clear steps for parents, which the chief medical officers say will help keep children safe and healthy.
- not using phones and mobile devices at the dinner table – talking as a family is very important for development
- keeping screens out of the bedroom at bedtime
- talking as a family about keeping safe online and about cyber-bulling and what children should do if they are worried
- not using phones when crossing a road or doing any other activity that requires a person’s full attention
- making sure children take a break from screens every two hours by getting up and being active
- policing their own use too – parents should give their children proper attention and quality family time and never assume they are happy for pictures to be shared
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