Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.” Full article
Babies and toddlers should not be left to passively watch TV or other screens, according to new World Health Organization guidelines.
Sedentary screen time, including computer games, should not happen before a child is two, the WHO says. Full article
Children are most exposed to dangerous fumes on school run and in playground, according to Unicef UK report. Full article
Turns out, families are spending more time together than before. But not together-together. Alone-together. Full article
Children have a natural love of climbing trees, kicking leaves in the woods and jumping in puddles.
But the proliferation of smart devices such as mobile phones and Ipads, as well as parental worries over safety, have drastically reduced the time children spend playing in parks, forests and fields. Full article
A report by the Association of Play Industries (API) reveals that children have never moved so little and points to substantial evidence that screens are a key reason. In fact, by the age of eight, the average child will have spent one full year sitting in front of a screen. Full article
Are we neglecting childhood? The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about more than changes in business, technological developments and the push to solve global challenges from poverty to climate change. It’s about the way the next generation grows up. Full article
Two generations: parents and youngsters. One is tech-obsessed, with a short attention span, who find it difficult to talk about their emotions. The other is their children. Full article
Mobile phones should be banned from the dinner table and bedtimes as part of a healthy approach to devices, the UK’s four chief medical officers have said. Full article
From muddy hands and dirty faces….to higher grades and happy places
Why schools need to champion outdoor play (and learning) for the sake of the planet, and health of our children and because its’s plain common sense.
PowerPoint presentation from Cath Prisk from the Muddy Hands report can be found here