Screen Time Isn’t as Bad for Kids as You Think

“Exposure to digital media has both positive benefits and dangerous drawbacks. A small percentage of kids are perhaps more vulnerable than others to problematic relationships with devices. And context, content, and the type of interaction may matter as much as time spent on devices.”

It turns out the conventional wisdom that screen time is dangerous for kids doesn’t reflect the actual research that’s been done on the subject.

Anya Kamenetz digs deeper and points out screen time isn’t necessarily as bad for kids as you think.

She points to research which has found kids spend about as much time with digital media as they used to spend watching TV, strict approaches aimed at limiting screen time aren’t effective, and limiting screen time can also wind up reducing opportunities for learning, information, and social connections.

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