.. don’t blame the media for the mischaracterization. It’s WHO itself that chose to give an oddly disproportionate amount of attention to “sedentary screen time,” a category the organization defines as: “Time spent passively watching screen-based entertainment.”
Throughout the new guidelines, WHO presents “sedentary screen time” as one of three main categories, along with “physical activity” and “good quality” sleep.
These are represented with large colorful graphics as shown above, implying that screen time limits are equally as important to early childhood wellbeing as sleep and exercise.
Of course, that’s not true, not even by the guidelines’ standards.