Secular magazine Psychology Today warns parents about the harmful effects of screen time on children, noting that extensive research shows excessive screen time increases stress, increases in time to complete tasks, increased off-task time, increase in anxiety with no access to electronics, increase in impulsivity, decrease in emotional regulation and decrease in ability to recognize facial emotions and non-verbal cues, sleep deprivation and sensory overload. Screen addiction can also lead to impaired cognitive functioning.
Digital devices are here to stay. So parents have to figure out how to limit the time children spend on them, as well as limit and monitor what they have access to on the devices. We return to this issue frequently because the addiction rates and issues are increasing. Parents must set and enforce digital boundaries if they are going to protect their children.
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