Children: Consuming online time as junk food

Children: Consuming online time as junk food

Parents must intervene to stop their children overusing social media and consuming time online "like junk food", according to a top official.Read also:Going to gym? Keep in mind these few things

Interview:

  • In an interview on Saturday, Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield slammed the ways social media giants use to draw children into spending more time.
  • She said parents should be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet in the summer holidays.
  • It's something that every parent will talk about especially during school holidays; that children are in danger of seeing social media like sweeties, and their online time like junk food.
  • None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time.
  • "For those same reasons we shouldn't want our children to do the same with their online time."
  • Last year, industry watchdog Ofcom said the internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.
  • Children aged five to 15 are spending 15 hours a week on the internet.
  • A study earlier this year of screen time and mental wellbeing among teenagers suggested.
  • That moderate use of devices may be beneficial.
  • The research, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science.
  • In addition,was based self-reported data from 120,000 15-year-olds in England.
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