Par­ents ‘must cut down screen time’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

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