World Health Organization releases new recommendations of screen time for children

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The World Health Organization is often associated with epidemics and outbreaks. 

Now, it’s making headlines for a decision affecting parents worldwide.

It’s released new guidelines which recommend no more than one hour a day in front of a screen for children under five. 

For those less than a year old, they should not be exposed to screens at all.

“We’re talking about the times where it is recreational use,” Fiona Bull, WHO Program Manager, said. “Where parents and the children, or older siblings, are using these instruments, maybe for child-sitting. Currently, forty million children around the world are overweight. And when we start to think about how to prevent this, how to promote good-eating, healthy eating and physical activity, we look at the very earliest years of life.”

Not everyone in the medical field agrees.

Researchers at Oxford University say these guidelines don’t properly account for the benefits of tech as a teaching tool. 

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