Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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