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IN Health & Fitness ON 30 Jan, 2016
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state that newborns aged 0-2 years should not have any disclosure to technology, 3-5 years must be limited to one hour per day, and 6-18 years must be limited to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010).
Teenagers and youth use 4-5 times the suggested outlay of technology, with severe and often life-threatening outcomes (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld gadgets (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically enhanced the approachability and usage of technology, notably by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013).
So, a pediatric occupational therapist Cris Rowan, calling parents, teachers, and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years.
There are ten research-based reasons for this prohibition.