Screen Time

What is screen time?
Screen time is the amount of time that someone spends using a device. It includes playing games – on a smartphone or games console –, streaming video content or TV shows, browsing the internet, doing homework online or engaging in any activities while using a screen.

Benefits of screen time:
  • Online games and activities can enhance teamwork and creativity.
  • The internet gives children access to a wealth of information to help build their knowledge.
  • Interacting with computers can improve visual intelligence and hand-eye coordination.
  • Technology takes away physical barriers to social connections, which can support children who struggle to make friends or communicate offline.
  • Children in households with computers perform better academically than peers who do not have ready access to computers.
Possible negative effects from overexposure to screens:
  • Sleep cycles are affected by blue light from screens, tricking our brain into thinking it is still daylight, making it difficult to sleep.
  • Too much passive screen time could weaken communication and social skills.
  • Some research found that children who spent more than two hours a day on screen-time activities scored lower on language and thinking tests.
  • Screen-based entertainment increases central nervous system arousal, which can amplify anxiety.
  • Using devices while sitting in one place reduces physical activity needed for a healthy lifestyle. Screen time has been shown in research to be a contributing factor in childhood obesity.
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