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ing paediatricians have advised pents to worry less about the effects of on their ren. 

A new guidance published by the of Paediatrics and (RCPCH) — a professional body in chge of the trning of paediatricians — cons suggesting that ren’s is hmful. 

“The evidence base for a direct ‘toic’ effect of is coned, and the evidence of hm is often overstated,” reads the guidance. “The ity of the that does eist s only at .”

While it’s true that is currently divided on the issue of ’s imp on ren’s wellbeing and , one recent study found increased have caused depressive symptoms and for teen girls. 

An recent study found that use of can negatively affect the wellbeing of ng adults, and has been named as the most hmful net for ng ’s

But, the RCPCH states that “many of the ent connections” between and hmful effects “ be ted by lost opportunities for (ising, eercise, ) that e displaced by .”

The guidance recommended that families should “negotiate limits” with “based upon the needs of an individual ” as well as the ways in which s e used and “the degree to which use of s es to displace” and and physical ivity. 

“We would also adopt the epert recommendation that s e avoided for an hour before the planned bed,” the guidance stated. 

RCPCH spoke to 109 ren from across the about their habits and found that 88 percent of ng surveyed sd has a “negative imp” on their . It’s worth noting, , that the sample size is not of the population. 

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