Technology Could Impede Childhood Brain Development
Posted: March 24, 2014 at 5 a.m.
Children and adolescents use technology more than ever, and some scientists believe time spent with a screen could impede brain development.
AT A GLANCE
Effects Of Too Much Screen Time
• The more television a child watches, the more he is at risk of becoming overweight.
• The more television a child watches, the more likely it is that he will have trouble falling asleep.
• Children in elementary school who spend more than two hours a day watching television or using a computer are more likely to have emotional, social and attention problems.
• Children in elementary school who have televisions in their bedrooms receive lower scores on tests than those who don't.
• Children who spend a lot of time on a computer or watching television have less time to exercise and play.
BY THE NUMBERS
Children, Teenagers And Media
Note: Media in this case refers to TV, cellphones, iPads and social media.
8 hours — The average amount of time each day children ages 8 to 10 spend on various media
More than 11 hours — The amount of time each day older children and teenagers spend on various media
71 percent — Children and teenagers who have televisions in their bedrooms
84 percent — Children and teenagers who have Internet access
75 percent — Children ages 12 to 17 who have cellphones
Two-thirds — Children and teenagers who have no rules at home about time they are allowed to spend with media
More than 60 percent — Teenagers who send or receive text messages after they go to bed
Source: Official Journal Of The American Academy Of Pediatrics
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