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

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

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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
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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