Media devices in pre-school children: The recommendations of the Italian pediatric society

Elena Bozzola, Giulia Spina, Margherita Ruggiero, Luigi Memo, Rino Agostiniani, Mauro Bozzola, Giovanni Corsello, Alberto Villani

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Abstract

Background: Young children are too often exposed to mobile devices (MD) and most of them had their own device. The adverse effects of a early and prolonged exposure to digital technology on pre-school children has been described by several studies. Aim of the study is to analyze the consequences of MD exposure in pre-school children. Methods: We analyzed the documented effects of media exposure on children's mental and physical health. Results: According to recent studies, MD may interfere with learning, children development, well being, sleep, sight, listening, caregiver-child relationship. Discussion: Pediatricians should be aware of both the beneficial and side effects of MD and give advice to the families, according to children's age. Conclusion: In according to literature, the Italian Pediatric Society suggest that the media device exposure in childhood should be modulated by supervisors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number69
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 14 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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