Best Evidence in Brief: What is the research on screen time for children?

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There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and… well read this:

There continues to be conflicting views about the recommendations to give to children on screen time (the use of “screen” media including television, smart phones, and computer games). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended two hours or less screen time per day for most children. Two recently published studies investigate this recommendation and whether the amount of screen time has any impact on children’s behavior and school readiness.

The first study, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, examines whether screen time that exceeds the AAP recommendations affects children’s school readiness, and specifically whether this varies according to family income. Andrew Ribner and colleagues looked at data from 807 kindergarten children of diverse backgrounds. Their parents reported family income, as well as the number of hours of television their children watch on a daily basis. Video game…

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