While the effects of social media and smartphones are yet to be understood, doctors in the UK make it clear that they believe less screen time is better. Doctors did not specify the ages in which technology should be limited, but stressed the importance of keeping screens away from those younger than 18 months old. These doctors based their conclusions off of previous studies, which indicated that high social media usage has negative effects of sleeping patterns, self-esteem, body image, and even overall happiness. With these results becoming more common in current studies, it is important to limit screen time in order to reduce these negative side effects.
- Phones should not be allowed in children’s bedrooms and meals should be screen free.
- American Association of Pediatrics advises parents to keep babies under 18 months old away from screens altogether.
- Even Silicon Valley parents who work in technology fields are hiring nannies to keep their children offline.
“With even Silicon Valley worrying about the effect of technology exposure on young people, Britain’s top doctors on Thursday issued advice to families about social media and screen use.”