The World Health Organization just released screen-time guidelines for kids. Here's how some of the world's most successful CEOs limit it at home
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- Kids under 5 shouldn't use screens for more than an hour a day, according to the World Health Organization's first-ever guidance on tech use among children.
- Many CEOs already raise their children with limited technology. Some of them include tech titans that helped invent social media or devices that kids use.
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Letting toddlers use screens can be detrimental to their health, according to the first-ever guidance on tech use among children.The World Health Organization says children under 5 shouldn't spend more than one hour watching screens every day, while children under 1 shouldn't use screens at all. Though the WHO did not specify what harm screen time causes, the organization says tech overuse could contribute to decreasing physical activity that causes death and obesity.Advertisement
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Tech titans who created the social media or devices kids use have long been raising their own children gadget-free. Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs did not let his kids play with a then newly invented iPad. Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel - whose platform is popular among young people - has a limit on the amount of tech kids can use.Elite Silicon Valley parents who raise their kids tech-free reportedly even make their nannies sign "no-phone contracts."
"We know at some point they will need to get their own phones," a Silicon Valley parent previously told Business Insider reporter Chris Weller. "But we are prolonging it as long as possible."Here are seven CEOs who raise their kids (or, in one case, nephew) tech-free:
Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, limited the use of his own technology among his kids.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda did not let their kids get cell phones until they turned 14.Advertisement
Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel imposes an hour and a half of screen time per week on his kids.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai keeps the TV away from his kids.Advertisement
Mark Cuban, business mogul and co-owner of the Dallas Mavericks, allowed his kids two hours of Netflix for every hour of reading.
Apple CEO Tim Cook did not want his nephew using social media, and argued the use of tech in schools should be limited.Advertisement
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella monitors which sites his kids can go on.
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