There are currently no medical or government guidelines on screen time in the UK, although the government has recently retreated from 2008 guidance that children should be exposed to technology from a very young age. Advice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is that children should have TV- free days, or have two-hour limits on the time spent in front of screens.
A group of scientists from many countries and academic fields is concerned that the idea of screens being inherently bad is simply not supported. They agree that the impact of screen-based lifestyles warrants serious investigation but call for solid research and evidence to inform any policy decision. They also argue that the focus should not be on the amount of screen time so much as the context and content that children encounter.
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