STUDY SOURCE OF SOME COMFORT
HEY parents, don’t feel too guilty if your children are spending too much time in front of a screen these days. A study by UWA researchers has shown it is “virtually impossible” to limit the time children spend in front of a television, computer, tablet or smart phone to under two hours. The study of 2600 eight to 16year-olds in WA showed 45 per cent of eight-year-olds and 80 per cent of 15-year-olds were exceeding the limit. From personal experience, I know teenagers can and will play video games for up to six or eight hours at a time. Most of us are worried that new technology has hit the newest generation like a tsunami. Co-author of the research, Michael Rosenberg ,said parents should not despair. “If you are putting rules in place that limit their screen use and encouraging them to do physical activity, sit less and physically be with their friends, you’re doing all right,” he said.
Rick Lee - Community Newspaper Group editor