Call to limit tot screen use

NZ Herald 16 May 2016
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Preschoolers should have limited screen time and more physical activity in early childhood education centres, says a new study.

The University of Auckland survey finds children are watching TV and DVDs at least once a week in 13 per cent of centres – and computers or tablets are used once a week in a third.

But those in the industry say guidelines aren’t necessary and teachers can judge what is appropriate use.

PhD student Sarah Gerritsen didn’t specify what the optimum screen time should be but international guidelines favour a daily maximum of one hour.

Her research, published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, also found only one in three centres had a written physical activity policy.

Ms Gerritsen found centres could do more to encourage children to get active.
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