One-fifth of U.S. teen girls reported experiencing major depression in 2017.
New research finds that the different ways boys and girls use digital technology might explain the discrepancy.
Humans are barraged by digital media 24/7. Is it a problem?
Most of us spend hours each day glued to some type of screen for work or play. But is that a bad thing? Has anyone got the data to figure it out? Now is the time for 'The Human Screenome Project.'
The time we invest in our digital lives is time we don’t get back. But, it’s not impossible to knock your digital-dependance - and the holidays are the best time to start.
As the head of a media and communications program, my life's digital-analogue balance was off. Four weeks at sea with no devices refocussed my views – even on things that had been there all along.
Australian children’s rights are taken much more seriously now than in previous generations.
Since the second world war, every generation has worried that children are spoilt, cosseted, or being corrupted by new technologies. But, on many measures, today's children are doing just fine.
Hard at play: ‘technology corner’ can teach kids healthy boundaries around device use.
Children see adults on smartphones, looking up information they need to know, and being continuously connected. They want to copy this behaviour in their play and practise being an adult.
Parents shouldn't fear putting tech under the tree. In fact, it could bring families closer together.
Some people fear we’re interacting more with our phones at the expense of our loved ones.
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While there are negative impacts, many of the risks of too much screen time are overblown. A scholar who has studied the topic for years offers some tips for finding the right balance.
While blue light has been blamed for sleep loss, it’s not the only bad light.
Blue light has been getting blamed for sleep interruption and eye strain. But the facts are that any bright light interferes with sleep, and computers themselves cause eye strain, an eye doctor says.
“Gaming disorder” was introduced into the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, by the World Health Organization in 2018.
It is possible for teenagers to be addicted to screen-time activities such as video gaming. It is also possible for parents to do something about it.
Guidelines advise children under two shouldn’t have any screen time, but most do anyway.
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Most Australians exceed the guidelines for screen time, and most parents feel guilty about the time their child spends on the screen. But not all screen time is bad. Content matters.
Kids are exposed to junk foods often, but encouraging healthy foods at home can make a difference.
Although it's not possible for parents to completely shield their kids from screens and junk food, in the home they have a unique opportunity to establish healthy behaviours.
Many adolescents have trouble sleeping - but limiting screen use is not the solution. When used correctly, bedtime use of devices can be beneficial to mental health, without harming sleep quality.
World Health Organisation guidelines on screen time lack nuance.
David Gillespie’s new book is full of exaggerated claims that are often not backed up by science.
In his new book, Teen Brain, David Gillespie suggests anxiety and other problems are on the rise among teenagers due to smartphones and tablets. This could be true, but his claims are overblown.
The solution to too much screen time may just be more apps.
Software makers including Apple have been creating apps aimed at limiting how much time we spend using our smartphones. A behavioral scientist explains how – and whether – they work.
Smartphones make great citizen research tools. We take them everywhere and they have the functions (GPS, accelerometers, camera, audio, video) to sense, share and mobilize data between consenting citizens.
We blame electronic devices for our increasingly sedentary behaviours. So why not harness them to study our movement patterns and tackle urgent health crises?
Copious amounts of time spent looking at screens is likely affecting our health – so why aren't we doing anything about it?
Children now spend more time at home and alone with their parents – new research.
Children understand and process more as they age, but they still require adult supervision and interaction with their use of technology.
Parents' social media sharing about the potentially harmful impact of media on children reflects underlying questions about how to best protect and nurture impressionable minds.
Teaching young people to analyze TV commercials will serve them well in other areas of life, researchers say.
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Thanks to the prevalence of technology, children are exposed to thousands of commercials a year. How can parents make their children more aware of how commercials influence what they think and do?