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According to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in Britain, parents can ask themselves:

Is control of when children watch or use the screen?

Does the time children spend in front of the screens conflict with what the family wants?

Does screen usage interfere with bedtime?

Are you able to control snacking, while using the screen?

If the family is satisfied with their answers to these questions, they are likely to handle the use of screens well, and vice versa.

These recommendations also emphasize that it is important that the use of these devices does not come at the expense of sleeping hours or spending time with the family.

But Mohamed Ahmed, a father of four in Egypt, tells the BBC: "The tablet is everything for my seven-year-old son Musa to the point that he sleeps in his hands. He doesn't want to sit too much with family members. And exploits any time to play on the tablet. "

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Hala Mansour, a professor of sociology at Ain Shams University, told the BBC: "Spending long periods in front of the screens makes the child one-way, meaning he receives more than he sends, and makes him imitate what he sees, which may lead to autism and unwillingness to interact with others. In addition, the content that the child sees may be violent or imaginary, which separates it from reality and causes many behavioral problems.

"From a medical point of view, a child may have many problems due to increased electrical charges due to long periods of sitting in front of the screens, as well as impact on vision."

"Parents should reduce as much time as possible for children to use the screens and be with them while watching the screens to filter the content and interactivity of the children. They should also look for other alternatives for the child, such as exercise."

The Royal College recommended that for children at an early age, parents should make the appropriate decision about the content they watch and how long to use the screens.

For older children, parents should negotiate time limits on the use of smartphones and computers.