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.
This is what the school day currently looks like in many parts of the U.S.
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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.
Lights, camera, learn!
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For starters, why not have Hollywood team up with teachers to make education more entertaining?
Too much time screen time can lead to lower self-esteem.
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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.
It's more important than ever for families to develop new routines for staying physically and mentally healthy – and to address the part screens play in our lives.
Many kids use screens all day long and are adept at reading what they see on them.
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Understanding others' emotions is a crucial social skill. Counter to concerns about screen time stunting kids' development, one study suggests they're getting better at recognizing emotion on screen.
In the last two months, children have been encouraged to dive into digital like never before.
With online learning, children are staring at computer screens for more hours each day.
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With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.
A study asked 2,000 teachers and school leaders across Australia how students from primary school to year 12 have changed in the last five years, and what might explain these changes.
As the pandemic moves us indoors, it's time to reconsider our understanding of 'screen time' – especially since we're relying on our devices now more than ever.
Screen "time" gets all the airplay, but with families confined to home – screen quality and screen buddies – are just as important, if not more, for healthy technology use.
Babies don’t come with instruction manuals… mobile health apps can help new parents.
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Mobile health apps, teleconferencing with experts and thoughtfully designed educational platforms can all help families during the chaotic and confusing early years.
Screen time can benefit children over age two if it’s the right kinds of programming.
With parents trying to work from home while schools and daycare services are closed, some children may get more screen time than usual during COVID-19 social distancing.
Parents should talk to their kids about COVID-19 pandemic by using language they can understand.
It's natural for children to be aware of the stress adults may be feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic. Child psychologists offer some practical advice for parents on how to talk to their kids.
Facing up to phone interruptions.
Too many parents are on their phones when they would be better putting in quality time with their children.
Babies need to make eye contact with people, not phones.
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Parents who use screens excessively in front of their kids may unwittingly sow the seeds of screen addiction and its consequences.
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.