Spanish children prefer to have fun with toys, friends and relatives before playing on a mobile phone or video game consoles or watching television

However, 45% of children are sedentary for one to two hours a day

Technological presents are the main stars of this Christmas. Computers, video game consoles, mobile phones and tablets are increasingly sought and progressively replacing the analogue toys of yesterday and becoming top sellers.

Despite this, the 1st Study on Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness in Childhood drafted between DKV and the Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital confirms that Spanish children prefer to play with toys (74%), with their friends (72%) or with their parents (62%) before interacting with the mobile phone (25%), playing with video game consoles (24%) or watching television 58%.

In addition, the DKV study, based on interviews conducted with more than 2,000 parents with children up to 10 years old, confirms that 45% of children are sedentary for one to two hours a day, whether sitting or lying down watching television or browsing or playing with the tablet, whereas 39% are sedentary for less than an hour a day, and 5% are not sedentary at all.

Therefore, although 11% spend between 2 and 3 hours in front of a screen, thus exceeding the Ministry of Health's recommendations for inactive time, most of them follow the limits established for using screens of less than two hours a day. This positive result is complemented by the fact that 72% of parents consider that the amount of physical activity carried out by their children is good.

Accordingly, Dr. Rafael Casas, an expert psychiatrist specialising on childhood obesity, reminds us that the excessive use of digital devices can lead to isolation of children, hinder their communication with family and friends and result in a sedentary lifestyle, which in turn can affect other significant aspects of the correct development of children, such as socialisation or the probability of being obese in the medium term.

Therefore, it is paramount that parents control the use of technological devices as a choice for entertainment, as well as encouraging them to play in groups, friends and the family.

DKV understands how important it is for companies to go beyond making financial profits, and to assume their ethical, social and environmental responsibility through actions aimed at interest groups. As an insurance company, DKV endeavours to create a healthier world in the fields of healthcare, the environment, childhood obesity, the labour integration of people with disabilities, and active ageing.