The real risks posed by too much screen time

Just as the Christmas holidays have ended and children have gone back to school, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has produced guidance saying screen time for kids may not be as bad as we all thought. I’m sure many parents would have preferred this guidance to have come out before the recent holidays because, well, you know, screen time rules get a bit flexible during holiday periods, don’t they?

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Children need screen time, just like adults and our houses are full of tech. Sometimes, however, I worry mums and dads rely on it too heavily as a comfort blanket.
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Screen time, diet and their impact on a child’s behaviour #EatLikeAPro

I’ve long been an advocate of limiting the amount of screen time children have. I accept screen time is a fact of life, but I want it balanced and to my children are undertaking physical activities, ideally outside, in addition to spending sensible amounts of time with screens. I also think too much screen time can have a negative impact on children’s behaviour and the results of a survey from kitchen appliance manufacture Beko provides further evidence this is correct.

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A new survey from Beko suggests excessive screen time and a poor diet have a negative impact on children’s behaviour. Quelle surprise, I say.

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Talking about Dadventures with Alex Gregory MBE

Over the years I’ve read many books that encourage children and parents to explore the outside world together. I’ve become quite cynical as they often require specialist equipment or assume you live in a remote location.

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Rower Alex Gregory MBE with his family. An Olympic gold medal holder, World Champion and world record holder, Gregory has now written a book called Dadventures to inspire families to explore the outside world.

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What to do on snow days and when school suddenly closes

Snow days and unexpected school closures. I find they are both a blessing and a curse.

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Izzy gets down to serious snow day business with a sledge. As a parent, however, how do you make things work when there’s an unexpected school closure?

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Time to buy a second, family computer?

A dreadful moment of reaslisation came the other day. Mrs Adams was using what I consider to be my computer to look at Mumsnet, Helen was using what is definitely my iPad for some task or other, and Izzy, as a reward for good behavior, was using my mobile phone to play a game. “Yes”, I thought, “It’s probably time to get a family computer”.

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While I don’t really want to bring any more tech into the house, I think the time has come for a change of approach. Pic credit: Hal Gatewood on Unsplash.

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