How much screen time should kids get?

Health bodies in different countries have different guidelines while medical experts say the lack of evidence does not mean that excessive screen time is not harmful

Even though most parents believe it is unhealthy for children to be glued to a screen, they often leave the kids in front of the television or with an iPad or phone in return for some peace and quiet.

But parents need not feel too guilty - new guidance on children's screen time from Britain suggests that the evidence of harm from screen time is often overstated.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'How much screen time should kids get?'. Print Edition | Subscribe