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Monday, Jul 22, 2024

Singapore to Implement Screen Time Regulations for Children

Singapore will soon introduce measures to manage screen time and device use among young children due to concerns about mental health. The initiatives, influenced by US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy's recommendations, aim to provide clear guidance and encourage proper screen use. Research, including the Gusto study, indicates early screen exposure negatively impacts brain development.
Singapore is set to introduce measures to manage screen time and device use among children, particularly focusing on those aged 0-6 years.

This decision follows research indicating negative effects of excessive screen time on mental health.

Ministers Ong Ye Kung and Masagos Zulkifli emphasized the need for clearer guidance and consistent implementation across healthcare and educational settings.

Inspired by recommendations from US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy, who highlighted the mental health risks posed by social media, the Singaporean government aims to finalize these initiatives in the coming months.

The Gusto study, a local research project, has shown that early screen time exposure can adversely affect brain development and executive function in children.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) have been deliberating on this issue and reiterate the importance of responsible screen use for children.

Formal advisories from MOH recommend no screen time for children under 18 months, and limited screen time for older children.

Parents are urged to engage with their children during screen use and avoid harmful content.
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