Children hooked to TV and smartphone show behaviour-related issues

Too much time spent on the phone and watching television has a negative impact on children, says a new study.

It reduces interpersonal interaction and leads to behaviour-related issues, sleep problems, inability to pay attention and delayed language development.

Even when parents are not looking at a device, and an older relative is watching, the study found that a child’s attention is always focused on the TV screen or the device.

Experts say that normal development requires a stimulating environment and meaningful interaction between parents and children, especially before the age of four years. Even if the child is not directly watching TV or using a device, and the parent is, the interaction gets affected.

With many parents working from home on their devices, it may not be possible to totally stop watching the screens so it is important to make sure there is a balance between work and life.

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