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Families with young children and ‘screen time’ advice

Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862 and Franklin, Keely (2018) Families with young children and ‘screen time’ advice. Journal of Health Visiting, 6 (9). pp. 434-439. ISSN 2050-8719

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There is currently a lack of guidance for both parents and health professionals regarding screen time and the use of digital devices by 0- to 5-year-olds, despite rising concerns among health visitors. In a context of increasing reliance on digital technologies, public anxiety about the still-uncertain outcomes for children, and a policy debate that prioritises risks over opportunities, this article offers a balanced assessment of recent evidence that can underpin realistic screen media guidance. While evidence for screen-related risks is less strong than often supposed, it appears that parent-child interaction mitigates any associated harms of screen time, also fostering screen-based learning opportunities. We conclude with some practical, evidence-based suggestions for health visitors

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2016 MA Healthcare Limited
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2018 10:22
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 11:56

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