Child Care Industry News April 21, 2015 -®
Child Care Industry News
April 21, 2015
Welcome, this week find out why one think tank thinks screen time limits for small children need to be reconsidered and research to show that day time naps do affect the quality of a child's sleep at night.
Strict screen time limits need a rethink
A pioneering study by the University of Western Australia has shown that despite growing concern about the adverse physical and mental effects of excessive screen time parents were finding it hard to limit the amount of time kids spend on screen-based media use.

A team of researchers from UWA's School of Population Health and School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health are examining the links between mental health and screen use in children and teenagers and found that the guidelines are out-of-date and 'virtually impossible' to enforce.

In 2001 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children under two years have no screen exposure and that children two and older should be limited to a maximum of two hours per day. The Australian Department of Health makes similar recommendations.

However the study found that screen-based activities had become so central to modern children's lives that it was practically impossible for parents to enforce the limits.
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Research links naps to poorer night-time sleep
Daytime naps can be a source of conflict between parents and providers, with many families claiming that day-time naps affect their child’s ability to sleep at night.

New research from the Queensland University of Technology seems to support the claims of parents, by demonstrating that children beyond the age two may be poorer sleepers at night if allowed to sleep during the day.

The study, led by Professor Karen Thorpe from QUT's Faculty of Health and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), reviewed 26 international and Australian studies relating to children under five and found there was overwhelming evidence of unnecessary napping.

Professor Thorpe said it was widely acknowledged within the early childhood sector that napping in pre-school children promoted growth. But she said the research had shown it instead had a negative impact on night sleep patterns of children aged two and over.
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