New findings out of the UK show that there may be a digital "sweet spot" where screen time is not harmful and could even benefit teens' well being. As parents, it's only natural for us to worry about how much time our kids are spending in front of screens. But according to new research out of Oxford University, we may be overthinking it. Because after studying a large group of adolescents in the UK, researchers found that screen time may actually be beneficial, even at high levels of engagement. So true! Which is why Przybylski et al decided to conduct their own research by quizzing more than , year-olds about their screen use.
There May Be a 'Sweet Spot' for Teens' Screen Time
Is a side benefit of screen time for teens lower rates of teen sex, pregnancy and drug use? - Cake
Any more, it warned, and your child could get obese, sleep deprived and depressed. Research has also linked screen time to increases in risky behaviour , poor GCSE results and aggression. No wonder that screens, particularly iPads and smartphones that can be held under the bedcovers, have become a family battleground. According to a study published last week in the journal Psychiatry Quarterly , those battles might be unnecessary.
Is a side benefit of screen time for teens lower rates of teen sex, pregnancy and drug use?
Setting screen time for teens is no easy task. Try telling that to the teens! I spend lots of time online myself and while I am aware of the negative issues that can arise from social media networks bullying, comparisonitis, access to porn, etc , I think it can also be a fantastic way for teenagers to connect and communicate with friends. Time spent in front of a screen means less time spend doing other activities, in particular physical activities and interacting face to face. Two of the five kids in our family, really struggle to self regulate.
Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hardwiring the way they connect with their world. In Screens and Teens , Dr. Kathy helps you make sense of all this and empowers you to respond. Kathy continues to inform and inspire me with Screens and Teens.