Kids under two shouldn't be allowed any screen time, say Swedish doctors trends now
Kids under two should not be allowed to use smartphones and tablets or watch televisions, Swedish medics say.
The Swedish Association of Paediatricians has also told parents an hour a day is enough screen time for children aged between two and five.
Experts have long raised the alarm over the influence of screen time on children's development.
The new recommendations are designed to help national policy makers and also includes advice on the role parents play in guiding responsible media use.
Guiding children on sensible screen time use is as crucial as teaching them good eating habits or traffic safety, the experts argued.
The Swedish Association of Paediatricians also want to crack down on screen time for those aged between two and five, suggesting a limit of just 60-minutes a day. Experts have long raised the alarm over the influence of screen time on children's development. T he new recommendations are designed to help national policy makers and also includes advice on the role parents play in guiding responsible media use
It follows a similar move by Danish officials who issued their own age-related rules in September only allowing youngsters under two in 'very special cases' such as those with learning difficulties, to use the devices.
In the association's new report, the medics wrote: 'Although digital screens can present useful information, provide entertainment and offer opportunities for contact with other people, young children's brains have not yet matured enough to absorb the benefits.