At some point, it stopped being all fun and games.
With studies from the past year exploring the relationship between smartphone use and mental health, sleep, learning and romance, a more nuanced portrait of the device has emerged.
According to a new analysis, the number of US teens who felt "useless" and "joyless" grew 33 percent between 2010 and 2015, and there was a 23 percent increase in suicide attempts.
Understanding the source of child anxiety is important. Some fears may be easily soothed; others, such as fears of bullying, may require adult intervention.
As the first days of school approach rapidly, an educational psychologist offers strategies for combating anxiety in children and teens.
New research is putting the first generation of kids to grow up with the smartphone into sharp relief.
Move over millennials, there's a new generation in town. Dubbed 'iGen,' they differ from their predecessors on a range of measures, from mental health to time spent with friends.
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Technology enables many ways of interacting. We need to be more specific and scientific.
How much is too much screen time for kids?
For decades, parents have fretted over 'screen time,' limiting the hours their children spend looking at a screen. But as times change, so does media... and how parents should (or shouldn't) regulate it.
Why not ask a parent to play a problem-solving video game with you?
Bo, aged nine, wants to know why adults think video games are bad.
Technology can be a powerful tool for learning.
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Here's a guide to getting rid of "junk" apps and ensuring your kids develop healthy tech habits both in term time and during the school holidays
Parents should be involved in their children’s use of electronic devices.
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The lead author of a new American Academy of Pediatrics statement summarizes important guidelines for children's use of electronic devices.
Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products.
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When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
Tablets were not invented when the original rules on screen time for children were developed.
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Children's use of screens for fun and education have changed a lot over the years, so why haven't the rules on acceptable screen time kept up?
What else is there for her to do?
A new study shows how concerned parents of young children are about e-books.
The amount of time kids are spending on mobile devices is increasing.
Kids who watch educational programs such as 'Sesame Street' show better academic skills. But this does not mean all children can learn from educational media.
How much screen time should kids get?
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Research shows that preschool children take characters from popular television shows and movies and blend them together to create complex oral stories.
The original recommendations were made with TV shows and films in mind.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has called its guideline of two hours per day of screen time outdated. So what about the decades of research that led to the original recommendation?
Guidelines recommending no screens before age two came before interactive and educational tablet and smart phone apps.
There is no question that excessive screen time can have negative impacts on children's sleep and development generally, but is there sufficient evidence for an all-out ban before age two?
Too much going on in there.
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Computers and smartphones make us stressed and ill. It's about time we rethought how we should be using them.
Current guidelines ignore the fact that young Australians use screens for homework, social media and entertainment.
It’s almost universally recommended that for optimal physical and mental health, children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day and limit the time they spend watching TV, playing computer…
Kids don’t spend enough time outside, meaning critical skills in decision making and risk assessment are stunted.
Parents are often told they need to get their kids outside to play to combat childhood obesity - which is more widespread than ever. But outside play isn’t only important in combating childhood obesity…