Should children's screen time be cut?

A limit should be placed on the amount of time a child spends in front of screens, it has been suggested. Writing in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, Dr Aric Sigman - a Chartered Psychologist - noted some young people are becoming depressed and addicted to screen media as a result of having too much access to it, the BBC reports.

Dr Sigman explained children born in this day and age are likely to have spent around one year sat in front of TVs and computers by the age of seven, noting many kids often watch two screens at the same time.

"In addition to the main family television, for example, many very young children have their own bedroom TV along with portable hand-held computer game consoles," he stated.

Professor Lynne Murray, a developmental psychopathology expert at the University of Reading - and also a member of the British Psychological Society - observed screen material is often not suited to a child's cognitive processes, with fast-changing and loud stimulation depicted in the shows they watch and the games they play.