Children who use smartphones, tablets or other gadgets of this type for more than two hours a day would behave worse from the age of five, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Alberta have studied more than 2,400 families and found that children who spend too much time in front of screens will be more likely to have behavioral problems later.
Time spent in front of a screen has an impact on children`s development
Three-year-olds spent an average of one and a half hours per day in front of a screen, and this was reduced for five-year-olds. The researchers found that time in front of a screen had a "significant impact" on children's development. They are seven times more likely to develop an attention deficit disorder.
According to the researchers, this time spent in front of a screen could have a negative effect on the behavior of children, more than their sleep duration or the level of stress of their parents, because it occupies a time that they could devote to activities healthier, such as sport, sleep, or social life. They therefore recommend to limit the time in front of a screen to a maximum of half an hour per day.
Dr. Piush Mandhane told the Daily Mail the connection between screen time and sleep quality. "Developing a regular and consistent sleep habit by limiting time in front of a screen is important for growth, development, and behavior. In another analysis, we found that children who watched screens for more than two hours a day had 65% risk and slept less than 10 hours a night, "he explained.