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Children and mobile devices - how to keep young people healthy

Children and mobile devices - how to keep young people healthy


Children and mobile devices - how to keep young people healthy
Children and mobile devices - how to keep young people healthy 

Mobile phones should be banned at the dining table and at bedtime as part of a healthier approach to electronics, according to the UK's leading health experts.

Kids ought to likewise enjoy a reprieve at regular intervals in the event that they face the screen as indicated by similar rules. 

They additionally accept that innovation organizations need to accomplish more in youngster security. 

The report comes when British Health Secretary Matt Hancock is because of meet Instagram chiefs on how the organization is managing content identified with self-mischief and suicide, as per BBC reports.

There was a link between teenage suicide, Molly Russell, and her exposure to dangerous content on Instagram.

According to her father, the platform owned by Facebook "helped kill his daughter."

Professor Sally Davis, the UK's leading health expert, says the issue is a "tragedy" and that some children are clearly exposed to inappropriate content.

According to them, companies have a duty to ensure the safety of children and apply age restrictions on the use of social media and children should not be directed to dangerous content - a key concern in Molly Russell's case.

According to Davis, however, the examination of evidence has not established a clear link between screen time and mental health problems.

All digital technologies can be used well, support online learning, communicate with people and help them cope with a variety of health conditions.

Last month, senior pediatricians announced that parents should not worry too much about the time their children spend in front of screens, as there is no evidence that it is inherently unsafe.

What is recommended for parents?

There are some clear steps for parents who, according to doctors, will help keep their children safe and healthy.

These include:

Do not use phones and mobile devices at the dining table - talking as a family is very important for children's development

Do not allow portable devices in the bedroom before bedtime

Talk as a family about online safety, cyberbullying, and what children should do if they are worried

Do not use phones while crossing the street or doing any other activity that requires the full attention of the person

Children should take a break from the screens every two hours, wake up and move

To control their very own use - parents need to devote their children enough attention and family time, and never assume that they enjoy the pictures that will be shared

Is new legislation needed?

Davis argues that a code of conduct is definitely needed.

It wants to see technology companies invest in systems that accurately determine the age of consumers - several platforms require users to be at least 13 years old, but that is not properly monitored.

The guidelines also criticize what they call "manipulative design."

It is linked to techniques used to promote addictive behavior, including admiration and rewarding actions such as photo sharing.

Davis also wants social media to develop better algorithms that display positive user content.

This is already done with users looking for content that can lead to their extremism. Instead of "feeding" materials that promote terrorism, consumers receive content aimed at eliminating extremism.

According to Dame Sally, the same can happen when people search for things like "self-harm" or "suicide."

"We would like to see content promoting helplines and where one can ask for help," she says.

Do mental health problems cause regular use of mobile devices?

The chief health expert used a team of scientists to study research on the subject.

According to scientists, some studies indicate a link between standing in front of the screen and adverse effects, such as an increased risk of anxiety and depression, but it is not yet convincing.

People with mental health problems are likely to turn to their mobile devices, according to them, rather than their habits being the root cause of the problems.

However, she believes that care should be taken until further studies are conducted.