Boris Mendelevich, a member of the State Duma Health Protection Committee (United Russia), advocated the development of clinical guidelines for parents and children with the rules for using gadgets. The parliamentarian informed the Moscow City News Agency about this, commenting on the research of specialists from the Russian National Research Medical University (RNRMU) named after V. I. Pirogov and Northern State Medical University, which recommend that teenagers spend no more than three hours a day at a computer and electronic gadgets.
“Gadgets are a part of modern life. They have a number of advantages: for example, the ability to receive qualitatively new services, including making an appointment with a polyclinic. But it has long been proven that gadgets have a devastating effect on physical health, especially for children. Therefore, it is important to strike a balance between benefits and harms. Because prolonged use of a telephone or computer can lead to myopia, diseases of the musculoskeletal system, scoliosis, and so on. But the level of what kind of gadget and what harm causes the body should be determined by professionals, after conducting serious scientific research. The result of such work could be clinical recommendations for children and parents on the rules for using gadgets,”B. Mendelevich said.
Earlier, Izvestia reported that specialists from the Russian National Research Medical University named after N. Pirogova and the Northern State Medical University named the maximum time that adolescents can spend on a computer and other electronic devices without harming their health.
According to experts, the recommended amount of time spent at electronic gadgets for schoolchildren and students is no more than three hours a day. Otherwise, young people may experience physical abnormalities, including myopia, mental and neurological abnormalities and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
The experts also noted the harm of using headphones - this leads to the likelihood of hearing diseases.