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Australian children using technology

Australian children are using mobile phones and tablets more than ever to play games, take photos and keep in touch with family.

A survey conducted by the Australian Communication and Media Authority found that nearly 50% of children aged between 6 and 13 have had access to mobile phones, with this number continually rising since 2013. It is said that close to 80% of children between the ages of 12 and 13 had access to mobile phones.

Given we live in a digital world, many parents/caregivers would agree that their child/children would use digital devices for many hours at a time on a daily basis. We know that children can be drawn to the bright, colourful screen of a mobile phone or tablet however the question that has most of us wondering is; what is too much screen time?  Some recommendations include no screen time for children under 3, and no more than 1 hour of screen time for children ages 3 and 4.

Devices such as mobile phones and tablets do emit additional blue light and UV light, so there are a range of measures that can be taken to reduce the effects of digital overuse. They include setting limits on screen time with tech companies such as Apple and Google offering time management features. Another option includes utilising anti-blue light screen products that aim to reduce the harmful blue and UV light that is emitted from devices.

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