Parents ‘must cut down screen time’
PARENTS have been warned to “regain control” of their own households in the face of a growing tendency of children to sit for hours every day in front of computers and thetv. Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman said a generation of children is developing a lifelong habit and in some cases dependency on small screens because of over-exposure in childhood. Average screen time for young British adolescents is now at 6.1 hours a day and rising with 10 to 11-year-olds having access to an average of five screens at home, he will tell a scientific session of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) annual conference. SWEET: X Factor winners Little Mix show they are nuts about the jubilee - with red, white and blue treats. The group got a taste for the celebrations to launch a limited edition range of M&MS in the colours of the Union Flag. The sweet brand has created special packs of the peanut nibbles using the three colours of the flag in anticipation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Special packs are being released around the UK from today and a new TV ad is to be screened.