The dangers of too much screentime have been publicised time and time again, with the primary focus usually on obesity levels and lack of exercise and fitness.


A recent study has shed new light on the potential dangers of watching too much TV however, claiming that watching more than two hours of television a day increases the risk of raised blood pressure in children.


The study, carried out on children aged between two and 10 years, found that those who spent over two hours in front of their computer or TV screens on a daily basis were 30% more likely to have high blood pressure, in comparison to those children who do not.


Commenting on the finding, lead researcher Dr Augusto Cesar de Moraes, from the University of Sao Paulo, said: “The study shows the number of new high blood pressure cases and the connection between physical activity and different sedentary behaviours with the risk of high blood pressure in European children.”


The research, published in the International Journal of Cardiology, will no doubt prove alarming in an age where TV and tech devices reign when it comes to the entertainment and education of our children.