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Keep Your Child Away From Screen

Keep Your Child Away From Screen

(ePharmaNews) - Parents often complain of their children prolonged time in front of TV or computer and video games, and this complaint apparently must be accompanied by sufficient support and encouragement for the child to have an active life, where a recent study found that parents have a significant impact in guiding their children away from screens.

This new study, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, found that Parents can have a significant impact in steering young children away from too much time spent in sedentary pursuits.  
“screen time” is the time that kids spent mainly in TV-watching, computer use and video-game playing, and this time is raising nowadays whereas 65% of children between 4-11 years old spent more than two hours in front of screen.

“Sedentary behaviors, such as extended screen time, are significant risk factors for childhood obesity. This study highlights the impact we can have on engaging the whole family to support children in becoming more active and less sedentary” according to the study led author.

 The researchers followed 418 parents for two years. The parents and children, who were from 5 to 9 years old, participated in a program called Transformacion Para Salud (Change for Health), which involved nutrition education, encouragement of exercise and family participation.
Parents were surveyed to determine how much support they provided for active living in their children. Kids with stronger parental support had lower levels of sedentary behaviors.

“We found that family support is very important for reducing children’s sedentary behaviors,” said the led author of the study, “Our findings suggest that it is important to test comprehensive, multidimensional, and culturally sensitive interventions suited to the developmental stages of childhood,” he added.

 The research team observed significant gender differences. Girls started out with less sedentary behaviors (as measured by screen time), yet boys were more likely to reduce their sedentary behaviors in response to their parents’ encouragement and support.
The study’s authors found that gains in promoting healthier lifestyle choices faded after several months. Because of this, further work is needed to identify ways to secure and build on parental support for active living.

 “The bottom line is that it is important to involve families in intervention programs to effectively reduce children’s sedentary behaviors, “one of the researchers concluded.

Recently, there were numerous studies about the disadvantages of the time a child spends in front of the screen, as a study conducted last year found that children who spend time in front of the screen before going to sleep have sleep disorders, and another recent study linked behavioral problems and social development of the child with prolonged screen time. Moewover, a large number of studies showed the impact of the increasing time children spend in front of the screen in their poor school performance and physical activity and decreasing the play time.

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Prepared by: Marcell Shehwaro

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