Dr Van Zwanenberg is calling on parents to ‘schedule unscheduled time’ for their children and make a New Year’s resolution to cut back on their children’s extra-curricular activities.
Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Hayley Van Zwanenberg was speaking after top doctors in the United States said children under five should spend no more than an hour a day in front of television or computer screens - and infants under two should not view them at all.
Negative body image is something that affects most people at some point in life. It's very common to feel unhappy with a specific part of your body.
Parents should avoid their children becoming ‘transfixed’ by digital media like iPads and iPhones during the summer holidays and encourage a ‘talk not tap culture’ when children are on vacation, a top psychiatrist has said.
Priory's Dr Hayley Van Zwanenberg, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from Woodbourne Priory Hospital, provides advice for parents who may be concerned their child is affected by sexting.
The child and adolescent psychiatrist, from Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Edgbaston, said parents often sought help only when their child’s eating disorder was entrenched, and the child seriously ill.
The child and adolescent psychiatrist, based at the Priory’s Woodbourne Hospital in Birmingham, said that some screen time was inevitable and enjoyable, but taken to excess it contributed to health problems such as obesity, but left children frequently exposed to the dangers of cyberbullying.