A screen test for parents

Almost a quarter of seven-year-olds and eight-year-olds whose mothers had not educationally progressed beyond the Junior Certificate were looking at screens for more than three hours on any weekday

19th November, 2017
Too much time in front of the TV or console can put a child on the fast track to obesity

The report tracked the development of 5,000 children since infancy. It found that almost a quarter of seven-year-olds and eight-year-olds whose mothers had not educationally progressed beyond the Junior Certificate were looking at screens for more than three hours on any weekday, seemingly contributing to the sedentary lifestyles that are a major factor in today’s obesity epidemic.

Among all children, the typical screen time on a weekday tended to be one to two hours...

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