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Your kids and the digital dilemma: How much is too much?

By UM News

Your kids and the digital dilemma: How much is too much?

By UM News
In case you had any doubt that children’s screen time should be limited and monitored, here comes yet another report that shows digital media, and our love affair with the many varieties, definitely has a dark side.

A study recently published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health found that kids who spend more than two hours a day looking at screens recreationally scored worse on memory, language, and thinking tests than kids who spend less time in front of a device. The study looked at more than 4,500 children ranging in ages from eight to 11 years old.

For Dr. Alan Delamater, a clinical psychologist with the University of Miami Health System, the results are not surprising. In his practice, the tug-of-war between parent and child over video games and smartphone use is quite common. Now, this latest survey adds to a growing body of research that shows too much screen time correlates with a number of negative outcomes.

Read the full story at https://news.umiamihealth.org/en/turning-screen-time-to-play-time/