World Rural Health Conference
Home Print this page Email this page Small font size Default font size Increase font size
Users Online: 3031
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1999-2002

Screen time usage among preschoolers aged 2-6 in rural Western India: A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Paediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad Anand, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
3 Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
4 Central Research Services, Charutar Arogya Mandal, Karamsad Anand, Gujarat, India
5 Department of Paediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College; Central Research Services, Charutar Arogya Mandal, Karamsad Anand, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Somashekhar M Nimbalkar
Department of Paediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad Anand, Gujarat - 388 325
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_206_19

Rights and Permissions

Aims: We have evaluated screen time usage among preschool-aged (≤6 years) children in rural Western India. In addition, we have evaluated various lifestyle factors and their impact on the screen time of these children. Materials and Methods: English-medium schools in the locality were chosen based on convenience. A self-report survey requesting family information and screen usage information was distributed to the parents. Daily screen time was categorized as a three-category variable. Ordered logistic regression with multivariable regression was performed to examine the association of risk factors with screen time. Results: Average screen time among the 379 (208 males, 171 female) children amounted to 2.7 hours (SD: 1.7), with average daily television screen time of 1.6 hours (SD: 1.1). Most children (87.2%) started screen use by the age of 3. Only 65 (17.2%) participants met AAP recommendation. Households with three devices and smartphone usage by mothers increased the odds of screen time by 60% and two-folds, respectively. Compared to weekdays, children had increased screen time exposure (3.5 vs 2.7 hours, P < 0.001), outdoor activity time (2.3 vs 1.6, P < 0.001), and reading hours (1.2 vs 1.1, P = 0.03) on weekends. No association was observed between screen time and mother's occupation. Conclusions: More than 80% of children exceeded the advised screen time with television and smartphone being the major contributors. This issue has to be dealt with at both individual and societal levels. Increased awareness about the high prevalence of inappropriate use of screen time use within the Indian context is needed to inspire attention and interventions for this emerging public health problem in India.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed659    
    Printed5    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded85    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal