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How long should our kids be on devices?

The World Health Organisation recommendations at a glance

Infants (less than 1 year):

Screen time is not recommended

  • Infants should be physically active several times a day in a variety of ways, particularly through interactive floor-based play; more is better. For those not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes in prone position (tummy time) spread throughout the day while awake.

 

Children 1-2 years of age should:

For 1-year-olds, seated screen time (such as watching TV or videos, playing computer games) is not recommended.
 

For those aged 2 years, seated screen time should be no more than 1 hour; less is better. When sitting down, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.
 

  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, including moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.

 

Children 3-4 years of age should:

Seated screen time should be no more than 1 hour; less is better. When sitting down, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.
 

  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, of which at least 60 minutes is moderate- to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.
     

For more information read this article by the World Health Organisation:
https://www.who.int/news/item/24-04-2019-to-grow-up-healthy-children-need-to-sit-less-and-play-more