Child health fears: Young kids at most danger with too much screen time

by Regina Titelius

WA kids aged two to five-years-old are most at risk of screen-time overexposure, a new snapshot of the health and lifestyle of the State’s children shows.

The WA Department of Health report shows 75 per cent of kids aged between two and five had more than the recommended one hour of “leisure” screen time on electronic devices each day last year.

Nature Play WA chief executive officer Griffin Longley said the report showed some “worrying trends”, particularly that only 39 per cent of kids aged between five and 15 were completing the minimum guidelines for physical activity.

“The research is really clear on the impact that being physically active has on our wellbeing,” Mr Longley said.

“This suggests a link between the comparatively sedentary lifestyles of modern kids and the number of kids receiving treatment for mental health problems.”

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