A widely reported study didn’t ring any alarm bells for children’s increasing screen time, but neither did it give heavy use of devices the all-clear.
Lockdowns and learning from home have further embedded digital technology in young people’s lives. Educational theory and practice need to catch up fast.
It’s tempting to think limits would cause teens to riot in the streets. But Facebook’s own research reveals that young people are well aware of social media’s downsides.
If you ever felt nauseous, fatigued or disoriented after using your phone or computer, you may be experiencing a condition similar to motion sickness.
Researchers are still uncovering how modern lifestyles may be causing this increase.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in children spending more time on digital devices, which may have a long-term impact on their vision, including the risk of myopia.
In the second phase of the Growing Up Digital study, researchers surveyed nearly 2,500 parents, grandparents and caregivers about children’s use of digital media and technologies.
Too much time sitting is linked to health risks, and also to lower quality of life. But in some contexts, such as reading, playing an instrument or socializing, sitting had positive associations.
Many parents install apps onto their kids’ phone to restrict their online activity, especially if it may be dangerous. But a lot of personal data requested by the apps is sold to third parties.
Staring at screens for long periods of time — as we are during the pandemic — can reveal previously undiagnosed eye problems.
A psychologist explains why certain goals may be more effective than others in breaking screen habits.
Too much screen time doesn’t leave enough time for other important parts of growing up. Predicting which little kids will likely grow into heavy tech users could help target educational campaigns.
During lockdowns, we live our lives through our screens. Here, tech experts share their tips on when - and how - to switch off.
The women in our study knew that play was important, although they didn’t see it as an independent behaviour to be encouraged or promoted.
Digital play can be a great substitute for play in the physical world. Research shows playing on a screen builds many of the same skills.
Children who ‘passively’ use screens are more likely to suffer academically, a study found. But there was no evidence of a link between video games and academic performance.
One big complication with K-12 distance learning is how hard it is to get children and teens to log in and do their schoolwork. But there are things teachers and families can do to help.
For starters, why not have Hollywood team up with teachers to make education more entertaining?
It’s worth going out of your way to ensure that kids practice interacting with others and maintain their friendships.
Video calls are not simply “screen time” for little kids. They offer an important opportunity for socialisation.