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2. Children and Teens Exploring Online

Adventures and Curiousity

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2. Children and Teens Exploring Online

It’s essential for parents to be aware of the impact of screen time on children and the family dynamic. Determining what constitutes “too much screen time” may vary, but guidelines like those from the Canadian Paediatric Association (Screen Time Recommendations 2022)  recommend limited screen time for children, taking into account factors such as age and activity. 

Excessive screen time has been linked to concerns like Speech and Language Delays (SED), soft brain vulnerabilities, and the potential to disrupt normal social, cognitive, and sexual development in children. Moreover, the negative effects of screens on sleep, with their interference in pre-sleep brain chemistry, cannot be ignored.

It’s crucial to understand that screens are designed to be addictive, often driven by profit motives. This addictive design can keep both children and adults glued to screens, potentially compromising family relationships and social engagement when parents are also absorbed in their devices. 

Children Exploring Online: Online Social Lives

  1. Permanent digital reputations

    1. Everything digitized is public and permanent  :

  2. Effects of screen time on teen mental health:

    1. Decreases in Psychological Well-Being Among American Adolescents After 2012, links to screen time during the rise of smartphone technology, Jan 2018 

    2. Negative impacts of TikTok on teen mental health:

Online Social Lives Advice for Parents

  1. Delay giving your child a devices as long as possible:

  1. Use parental controls on games, apps, devices and routers:

  1. Set up Parental Controls on your router to control the wifi access in your home.  

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