US doctors advocate screening kids for screen time

QUESTIONS about the amount of time children and adolescents spend in front of computer or TV screens should be routine in paediatric consultations, US specialists say.

In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges doctors to ask parents and patients “two key questions”: how much time they spend per day with screen media and whether there is a television set or unmonitored Internet connection in the bedroom.

The statement follows a meta-analysis showing interventions to reduce children’s screen time had a small but statistically significant effect.

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