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Why This Book Is So Timely in 2019
Parents and educators around the world are waking up to the need to limit children’s screen time, spurred in part by an April 2019 report from the World Health Organization (WHO). This sparked lots of fresh reporting on the need to limit children’s screen time, including this Business Insider story that says the inventors of our digital media already limit their own kids’ time with their devices. And that urgent issue is the main theme of Sadie Sees Trouble!
The WHO’s summary begins:
Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
AND: The pattern of overall 24-hour activity is key: replacing prolonged restrained or sedentary screen time with more active play, while making sure young children get enough good-quality sleep. Quality sedentary time spent in interactive non-screen-based activities with a caregiver, such as reading, storytelling, singing and puzzles, is very important for child development.