Phone, tablet and computer screens should be BANNED for children under six, psychologist warns
Phone, tablet and computer screens should be BANNED for children under six, the psychologist warns, as they make children “more irritable” and “impair their concentration and memory skills”.
- dr Álvaro Bilbao says screens should “gradually” find their way into children’s hands
- He says they could also become unhealthily addicted to devices with screens
According to a psychologist, parents should ban screens for children under the age of six.
Children who regularly stare at smartphone, tablet, and computer screens are more irritable and have poorer concentration and memory than teens who don’t use them, according to neuropsychologist Dr. Álvaro Bilbao cited evidence.
In his book Understanding Your Child’s Brain, he says: “While screens should be part of a child’s life because they are part of our lives, I think it’s better if they gradually work their way into the child’s hands find.
“This should happen once her brain has developed a bit more emotionally and has also improved its ability to control itself.
“So from six years.”
According to a psychologist, parents should ban screens for children under the age of six. Pictured: A baby holds a phone in a car seat
There is evidence that children who regularly stare at smartphone, tablet and computer screens are more irritable and have poorer concentration and memory than adolescents who do not use them. Pictured: A young child looks at a tablet with the YouTube logo on the screen
Studies show that children who spend more time in front of screens are more likely to develop behavior problems or childhood depression.
According to the new book, they can also become unhealthily dependent on devices with screens and lose interest in other activities that are more beneficial to their development.
dr Bilbao, who trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the US, writes: “I don’t have any apps for children on my phone or tablet.
“Occasionally my kids use their phones to look at photos from our vacation or the day we made a cake and we do it together.
“Sometimes we watch a song with them and learn the dance moves, but they don’t play games.
“We also limit their time in front of the TV.”
The World Health Organization says children under the age of five should not spend more than an hour a day in front of a screen and advises a total ban on screens for children under the age of two.
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