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Screen time: two hour daily limit would improve children’s cognition, study finds

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4070 (Published 27 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4070
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Limiting children’s time spent watching screens to less than two hours a day—including phones, tablets, video consoles, and television—would improve their cognition, say researchers.1

Canada’s 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, two hours or less of recreational screen time a day, and 9-11 hours of sleep a night.2

A study published in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal examined the relation between sticking to these three recommendations and children’s cognitive development. Data were collected …

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