For years now, parents have been encouraged to minimised screen time for our children. In fact, there are many guidelines produced by governments, medical and paediatric associations, all of which advocate reducing screen time (here are the current guidelines for Australia https://austparents.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/screentime.pdf).
In 2017, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne conducted a poll on screen usage in Australian homes. It found some potentially unsurprising results including:
More significantly, a 2019 study has found that increased screen time (above recommendations) is associated with lower brain white matter tracts that support language and literacy skills in pre-kindergarten children. These skills include imagery and executive function – the processes involving mental control and self-regulation. These children also have lower scores on language and literacy measures. This suggests that higher exposure to screens for younger children will dramatically impact on their performance when they are in school. (3)
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