Digiweb Ltd. has today announced Parental Control features to help Irish families combat a growth in excessive internet use and child fatigue.

• Children with small screens in the bedroom get approximately 20 minutes less sleep each night;
• Approximately 40% of Irish 11-16 year olds displayed characteristics associated with risk of excessive use of Social Networking Sites;
• Digiweb Fibre with Parental Control allows parents to choose what device and how long the device may access may have access to the internet.

Commenting on the new development, Declan Campbell, Managing Director said: “Excessive use of the internet, particularly in the evening before bedtime, is leading to issues such as sleeplessness and even obesity. We’re hearing this from our customers, and they want to know how to tackle it best. Digiweb Fibre with parental controls will give parents the peace of mind they need”.

A journal article, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, cautioned against unrestricted screen access, especially in children’s bedrooms. The study also found that those with small screens in their bedrooms get approximately 20 minutes less sleep per night.

“Digiweb Fibre orders are accompanied by a Fritz! Box 7360 WiFi & Media Hub. In a few short steps, parents can limit the amount of hours their children spend on the internet, right down to every smartphone, tablet and computer in the house. It really is a great solution to a growing problem”.

In addition to the American study, a 2012 Irish Medical Journal article found that Approximately 40% of Irish 11-16 year olds displayed characteristics associated with risk of excessive use of Social Networking Sites, contributing to a sedentary lifestyle, which is of concern given the rising trend in childhood obesity.

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