While working from home can have advantages, new research shows that there can also be a wide range of negative effects, including psychological reactions such as emotional exhaustion.
Children learn more science when they watch an AI-powered cartoon character than with a regular Mickey Mouse or Dora the Explorer, a new study finds.
Factors such as having supportive family and friends, safer communities, positive school environments and adequate resources, are often associated with more physical activity.
Parents may well feel the need to ‘crack down’ on kids’ screentime. But a whole-family approach might be more successful.
Findings from a Victorian coroner’s report remind us we still don’t fully understand how problematic gaming ties into other factors in a person’s life.
Persuasive design in kids’ apps is often overlooked in the screen-time debate.
Increased digital screen use, face masks and winter weather combine to form a triple threat to eye health: The dry eye triad. Here’s how to combat the resulting eye fatigue, irritation and discomfort.
Every small change to promote healthy levels of screen time is a step in the right direction for the health, wellbeing and development of children.
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.
Studies have shown a drop in physical activity for kids during lockdowns, which could impact their long term health. But their mums are getting more active.
Analysis of 46 studies indicates that there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the long-term impacts of digital device use on cognition.
Social media isn’t just mirroring conflicts happening in schools and on streets – it’s intensifying and triggering new disputes.
Young children may find it harder to control their attention if they use touchscreens regularly.
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.
Make sure your kids know that if they do see something that upsets them, you won’t be angry at them for telling you about it.
Some health products haven’t been tested for the benefits that they claim to produce. Blue-light blocking lenses are promoted as helping sleep cycles, but there is no evidence to support this.
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.
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.
Families may want to relax some of their usual rules for digital media use due to social distancing. But keeping bedtime screen-free still makes sense.
There are ways to use tech to help kids learn, explore their interests and get creative.