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Warning issued on e-products use

July 08, 2014

The Department of Health has warned of health risks for people using Internet and electronic screen products, particularly children.

 

Releasing an advisory group report on the issue today, the department’s Consultant Community Medicine (Student Health Service) Dr Thomas Chung said that while the Internet and related technology can benefit everyday life, they also bring health risks and he warned that people should use them wisely.

 

 



The department’s survey found the median age when pre-schoolers start using tablet computers is 16 months. The youngest starting age was recorded as less than one month old.

 

However, it also found that less than 20% of the surveyed parents always accompanied their children using these products.

 

The report makes recommendations on the healthy use of the products by children, adolescents, parents and teachers.

 

Click here for the report.



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