Screen time? Maybe it's not a big deal

by ParentCo. June 19, 2015

There is no shortage of debate over the effects of screen time on kid's these days. As we've transitioned into a society where even the smallest members have access to a personal IV of Netflix (and educational tools as well), the discussions are littered with nuance. Personally, I dole out time based on how my kid's are using it. Are they creating or consuming? And this writer has unplugged her kids completely. But when it comes down to it, studies that suggest screen time has a negative impact on IQ and test scores and contributes to obesity, are often poorly designed. Most solely study the effects of TV watching, and the amount of TV children watch is not randomly assigned. Generally, kids who take in more hours of television are poorer and have parents with less education. Those factors alone can contribute to the same negative outcomes. Besides disagreeing that screen time has no evidence of causing eye strain (the National Eye Institute study published in 2009 found that nearsightedness in Americans has had a 66% increase in the past 30 years...) , Emily Oster's got a point. Read the full article at FiveThirtyEight: ‘Screen Time’ For Kids Is Probably Fine | FiveThirtyEight


ParentCo.

Author



Also in Conversations

mom in bed with sick child
How to Keep Kids Healthy This Cold & Flu Season

by Dr. Jeff Andrews

As we head into the upcoming cold and flu season, parents should be mindful of the following best practices to keep their families safe and healthy.

Continue Reading

young girl with horse
The Surprising Way Horses Benefit Kids' Emotional and Social Skills

by ParentCo.

Kids can enjoy so many benefits from being with horses, from confidence and a sense of self-efficacy to assertive and emotional communication skills.

Continue Reading

girl listening to music
Songs for snuggling and singing and falling asleep

by ParentCo.

For the past nine plus years, I've sung this song nearly every night. I suppose I had an average affinity for it as a child.

Continue Reading