According to a September 9 Guangming Daily report, screen exposure has become a global public health issue and a research hotspot in the field of children's health. Screen exposure refers to the behavioral activity of using electronic products with screens. Early excessive screen exposure can adversely affect children's language, sleep, vision, attention, social skills, and other mental behaviors.

Nowadays, the use of various electronic products has penetrated into all aspects of social life. In reality, some parents regard electronic products as "baby coaxing artifacts", using tablets, mobile phones and other electronic products in exchange for a moment of silence for babies, but the negative impact of long-term "screen exposure" on children cannot be underestimated. For example, a large amount of screen exposure is not conducive to establishing a good parent-child relationship; Reducing the time that the child is really exposed to the environment may increase the risk of delayed language development and cognitive development in the child; Affects your child's sleep duration and quality, and so on.

Reducing the impact of "screen exposure" on children requires a multi-stakeholder effort. Parents must first take responsibility for guiding and checking children's use of electronic products, and choosing higher quality programs to watch with children within reasonable screen time. In particular, parents should lead by example and not indulge in electronic devices for a long time.

Second, it is necessary for relevant departments to strengthen the popularization of relevant knowledge and concepts. The Outline for the Development of Children in China (2021-2030) lists the popularization of healthy lifestyles, the promotion of healthy behaviors and habits, and the control of the use of electronic products as the priorities of children's health management. The "Bright Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Myopia in Children and Adolescents (2021-2025)" pointed out that it is necessary to strengthen the management of the use of children's mobile phones, computers and other electronic products, and put an end to "electronic nannies"... Relevant departments should continue to strengthen relevant publicity and warnings, enhance public consensus, and promote relevant work to be practical and meticulous.

In addition, some enterprises should also assume necessary social responsibilities, such as guiding the public to use electronic devices scientifically and rationally to help the healthy growth of minors, such as game service providers, short video platforms, etc., and resolutely implement anti-addiction measures.

Parent-child communication is one of the most critical environmental factors in early childhood development, and extensive screen exposure is likely to reduce parent-child interaction. Therefore, no matter how busy parents are, they can not ignore the physical and mental growth of their children, and they should have more communication and interaction between parents and children, and less "handshake the palm cabinet", so as to avoid children being "kidnapped" by electronic devices and let them benefit more from the use of electronic devices.

Yang Yulong