Transcript for New screen time guidelines for kids under 5 years old
We turn to a "Gma" parenting alert. The world health organization is out with new guidelines about screen time for children. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton is back with more on this. Good morning. Tell us about them. The world health organization falling in line with other professional organizations because every person who has a little person in their life is dealing with screen time now so let's break it down. There are new recommendations. Basically in keeping with other guidelines but they're saying zero to two years no screen time, zero. From 2 to 5, one-hour maximum in a 24-hour period and this isn't just about screen time but making recommendations about sleep saying 0 to 5-year-olds should get 10 to 14 hours and activity, up to three hours of physical activity and most of the time if you're looking at a screen you can't be sleeping or physical active. What defines screen time, a question a lot have. Is it TV, computer, the tablet? They're hoping they have one device that's out of the picture. Anything with a screen, TVs, smartphones, tablets, anything with a screen qualifies and I think the other important thing here, we don't have decades of long-term data about the effects on a very young brain of all this screen time which is now part of our life. So there can be pros and cons. There can be educational devices clearly. It's not all bad or all good. But in this very vulnerable time period when brains are actively and aggressively developing, we really want to err on the side of caution and don't know the long-term effects yet. You know every parent struggles with this is going there are some pros. We have to talk about the realities of parenting and caregiving, sometimes you need these devices. You need a break? Oh, yeah, so I will say I was very impressedty world health organization was sensitive to this guilt factor. They understange the reality and the logistics of caring for a small baby or a toddler when you have to do something else. True story, Cecilia, I watched a friend's baby during a hockey game. That baby started to cry, I whipped out my phone so quickly, so we have all been there. But I think that -- Doctor's orders. Been there, done that. I think the key here, if you are in doubt, talk or walk it out. Go old school. Read, play, engage in games where there's human, human interaction, that's always safer. Always good stuff.
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