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Doctors Say Ban Phones from Bedroom & Dining Room

Written by on February 8, 2019

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Doctors Say Ban Phones from Bedroom & Dining Room

Families should ban phones at bedtime and keep them away from the dinner table, according to the first official advice on social media and screen use from the UK’s top doctors.

The guidance, published by the chief medical officers, also warns parents that they should never assume a child is happy to have their photo published online.

The advice forms part of a ‘precautionary approach’ by officials, following an independent review on the effect of screen and social media use in children and young people.

The chief medical officers said there is insufficient evidence to recommend an optimal amount to spend online, but suggest parents set boundaries to ensure a healthy balance.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, said: ‘Time spent online can be of great benefit to children and young people, providing opportunities for learning and skills development, as well as allowing young people to find support and information.

‘But we need to take a precautionary approach and our advice will support children to reap these benefits and protect them from harm.’

The chief medical officers have also called for action from technology companies, backing the establishment of an industry duty of care and a voluntary code of conduct.

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