Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health has recommended reducing children’s time using electronic devices.
The recommendation is on a list to parents regarding health and safety matters in preparation for the new school year.
“Cut down on screen time and encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities,” Acting Bureau of Health Education Director Nadiege Smith-Lambert suggested.
She mentioned activities like football, netball, volleyball, cricket, and steelpan.
“Activities that will encourage movement,” Smith-Lambert stated.
The suggestions to parents also included avoiding excessive packaged snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages when preparing children’s lunch bags.
In addition, Smith-Lambert encouraged parents to be proactive regarding their children’s health and safety in a statement that appears below: