Increased screen time associated to developmental delays in young children

By Dr Tommy TranDevelopment12 Feb 2019

 

Screen time has been shown time and time again to be detrimental to children’s behaviour and development. Another study published last month in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) has once again shown an association between increased screen time and poor performance on an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (used as a common developmental screener).

One proposed theory is that excessive screen time reduces a child’s opportunities to move and develop their motor skills, as well as interact and engage other people in social interactions and communication. The old saying “practice makes perfect” seems true, and children need opportunities to practice their skills.

Just a reminder that the Australian recommendations by ACMA, suggest no screens for children less than 2, less than 1 hours for children 2-5 years, and 2 hours maximum for children >5.

 

Learn more about the study here

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