Objective: To find out the daily screen time in children 2-5 years old along with predisposing factors, quality of screen time and knowledge of parental perceptions of their children regarding screen time. Study Design: Cross sectional descriptive study. Place and Duration of Study: A locality of Sargodha; from 20 October 2019 to 20 December 2019. Material and Methods: Parents of 200 children aged 2-5 years were interviewed according to a questionnaire after informed consent. Results: Mean daily screen time was 2.42 hours+/-1.17 hours. Screen time was spent on television watching and electronic devices.175 parents were of the view that observed screen time of > 2 hours to be normal. Prolonged screen time was observed with increasing socioeconomic status and the absence of parental limits for screen time. Conclusion: The screen time in preschool children was far above the recommended time of up to one hour. Parents had no perception of recommended duration of screen time and its effects on children’s psychosocial development.
MAZHAR NAZIR CHATTHA, HINA BATOOL SIDDIQUI, NAYYAR AHMED, Muhammad Idris Mazhar, Saman Fatima, Muhamad Musarrat Jamal. (2021) Screen Time in Preschool Children (2-5 years) in a Locality of Sargodha; Influencing Factors and Parental Perceptions, Pakistan Pediatric Journal, Volume 45, Issue 1.