Brit kids stare at screens for 10hrs a day

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 13:25

London: British children spend ten hours a day glued to TVs, computers, mobiles and games consoles, according to a new survey.
The survey by energy firm Npower found that square-eyed youngsters aged seven to 16 spend a shocking four months a year – staring at screens.

Experts warn that by shunning outdoor games, kids are risking their health.

The health risks include asthma and damage to the brain`s vital prefrontal cortex, leading to obesity and movement difficulties.

The computer took up most of kids` time, with the average child spending three hours and 44 minutes surfing the web. They also devoted two hours and 43 minutes to the TV.

In the survey, kids admitted they would ‘feel lost’ without their gadgets. However, the poll of 3,000 youngsters found a third suffered from headaches.

Medical expert Dr Carol Cooper warned kids should not spend more than three hours a day in front of electronic screens.

"They are facing a variety of health problems,” the Sun quoted her as saying.

ANI



First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 13:25
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