Study Finds Long Screen Time at Age 1 Linked to Communication and Problem-Solving Delays in Children.
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found that long-term screen time during age 1 is linked to developmental delays in communication and problem-solving skills during early childhood.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Tohoku Medical Megabank Project Birth and Three-Generation Cohort Study, looked at data from 7,097 mother-child pairs. Children exposed to more than four hours of screen time per day at age 1 were more likely to have developmental delays in communication and problem-solving at ages 2 and 4.
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The study’s lead author, Dr. Taku Obara of Tohoku University in Japan, said that the findings are “worrisome” and suggest that parents should limit their children’s screen time in early childhood.
“Excessive screen time can have a negative impact on a child’s development, It can interfere with their ability to learn and interact with the world around them.”The study’s lead author, Dr. Taku Obara of Tohoku University in Japan
The study’s findings suggest that screen time may affect the development of these important skills in young children. The researchers believe that screen time may take away opportunities for children to interact with their environment.
The study’s findings have important implications for parents and policymakers. The World Health Organization recommends that children under the age of two should have no screen time at all. And that children over the age of two should have no more than two hours of screen time per day.
The study’s authors acknowledge that not all screen time is equal. And that educational content may have some benefits. However, they caution that parents should be mindful of the amount of screen time their children are getting. And parents should choose high-quality educational programs.
The study is a reminder of the importance of limiting screen time for young children. Technology continues to play a big role in our lives. So, it is important to be mindful of the potential negative impacts of screen time on child development.