What is the safe age for the use of electronic devices?


In this digital age, access to electronic devices has become almost ubiquitous in our lives, and children are no exception. However, determining when and how children should start using these devices responsibly is an important issue for parents and caregivers. 

According to the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Children under 2 years of age should completely avoid exposure to electronics.
  • From 2 to 5 years old, children should not exceed 1 hour a day and should always be accompanied by an adult who interacts with them.
  • From 6 to 11 years old, the use of electronics can be greater, but always establishing specific schedules and maintaining a balance with other activities such as sports.

Already in adolescence there is a greater level of autonomy with respect to the use of electronic devices, but it is always recommended to encourage a responsible use of social networks and online communication.

Now, what can we do to take care of our little ones’ eyes:

  1. Teach them to blink voluntarily and frequently. When we are focused in front of a screen, blinking decreases and this can cause dry eyes.
  2. We can use artificial tears, preferably free of preservatives, to lubricate the eyes.
  3. Keep electronics at least 40 cm away from the face, the closer the worse.
  4. Reduce the brightness of screens.
  5. Remember to avoid using electronics before going to sleep because the blue light from these devices reduces the production of melatonin, which controls sleep.
  6. Use lenses with filters that block blue light.

And finally, remember to check the vision of our little ones, because a timely eye exam can prevent future problems.

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