Virtual reality headsets could put children’s health at risk

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Leeds University scientists found 20-minute game risked vision and balance problems for players aged eight to 12

Extended use of VR headsets may lead to vision or balance problems, particularly in children. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

Researchers have warned that virtual reality headsets could pose risks to users, particularly children. The scientists, based at Leeds University, believe continued use of VR sets could trigger eyesight and balance problems in young people unless changes are made to devices.

The warning comes as major companies including Facebook and Google outline plans to expand heavily in the field, while hardware companies have started promoting devices that turn mobile phones into head-mounted VR viewers.

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