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Monday, 31 March 2014

Children benefit from the right sort of screen time

The below is no surprise, but it's always good to remind ourselves -

It is an issue many parents will have grappled with. Is the peace you get by handing your child a touchscreen or sitting them in front of the TV worth the undefined damage you worry it's causing? The subject resurfaced last week with one study claiming that screen time was linked with increased BMI and another finding it adversely affected children's emotional well-being.
The headlines may have struck a chord, but each study faced different criticisms. So just what can we say about screen time?
First of all, lumping all screens into one category is not helpful. "Screen time is a really enticing measure because it's simple – it's usually described as the number of hours a day using screen-based technology. But it's completely meaningless," says Pete Etchells at Bath Spa University, UK, who studies the effects of video games on behaviour. "It doesn't say anything about what you're using that time for."
Thanks to Jon Smith for sharing the above with me.