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Kids and smartphone, screen time and sleep

Reality shows that 71% of the kids aged between 12 and 15 and 40% of the kids aged between 8 and 12 years are allowed to take their smartphones to bed with them.

Across many studies, kids and teens who spend more time with screens like smartphones, portable devices and so on also sleep less. That could be because they spend so much time engaged with their devices that it’s coming at the expense of sleep. But there’s also a physiological reason. The blue light emitted by electronic screens tricks our brains into thinking it’s still daytime, and then we don’t produce enough of the sleep hormone melatonin to fall asleep quickly and get high-quality sleep.

Smartphones should stay out of the bedroom after “lights-out” time. Nor is it a great idea to use the devices within an hour of bedtime, as their blue light influences the brain’s ability to produce melatonin.

blabloo, the kids’ first smartphone, provides tools that help parents monitor their children’s first smartphone use in a safe, simple and peaceful way.

 

Source: Ofcom Report 2019