'It is impossible to recommend appropriate screen time for children as there is not enough evidence to confirm that it is actually harmful, says a new report.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published the UK's first ever 'Screen Time Guidance'.
It suggests the amount of time parents or guardians allow children to spend on phones, tablets, computers and watching TV should be based on a range of factors.
These include a child's developmental age, the individual need and value the family place on positive activities such as socialising, exercise and sleep.
The report says that only when screen time displaces these activities is there evidence of a risk to a child's wellbeing, but that using electronic devices is not necessarily harmful in itself.
The RCPCH's Officer for Health Promotion, Dr Max Davie said: "Technology is an integral part of children and young people's everyday life. They use it for communication, entertainment, and increasingly in education.
"Studies in this area are limited but during our research analysis, we couldn't find any consistent evidence for any specific health or wellbeing benefits of screen time, and although there are negative associations between screen time and poor mental health, sleep and fitness, we cannot be sure that these links are causal, or if other factors are causing both negative health outcomes and higher screen time."'
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