How Does Screen Time Affect Children and Their Studies/Learning?


The sight of kids busy on their mobile phones, tablets, and laptops is a common one which for sure pains us. We can put it as the whole generation of kids is growing up with tablets, smartphones and iPads. Today, kids will do anything to get their hands on such internet-enabled devices to pass their time.

The excess usage of these things is causing an alarming situation among the parents and scientists. Although, this usage has forced the scientists to answer a serious question; what are the effects of screen time on children’s brain development which in turns affect the learning?

Everyone has been asking these question and we have now got the answers. According to the researches, the MRI scans of the kids whose screen time is more than seven hours a day have significant changes in the brain structure (not the positive changes). The second conclusion states that kids with more than two hours of screen time perform very poor in language and thinking assessments at school which reflects poor child learning.

It has also been shown that kids with more screen time have premature thinning of the brain cortex which leads to poor brain development, poor sensory reception that can be the cause of poor academic performance as well as poor response to co-curricular activities.

If we put the academic performance aside and look at the side, are there any positive impacts? No. Other studies have concluded that kids with more screen time are on a higher risk of being obese and insomnia.

The thing to keep in mind is that the paradigm of screen time has shifted from cartoons or TVs to iPhones, tablets, and smartphones.

Apart from that, today, almost every kid has access to social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. So, the researches involve those as well. For example, research at the University of California scanned the kid’s brains while they were scrolling their social media applications. The results stated that the brain released dopamine during this process which is responsible for the desires and cravings. When these desires and cravings are not fulfilled, it leads to depression which again puts a lag on the performance.

After all these researches, all parents tend to ask the same question; what is the optimum screen time for the kids? Well, to be a good thing, researchers actually have answered these questions. Have a look!

  • There must be no screen time of kids who are under 18 months
  • Parents must sit and watch the content with their kids who are 18 to 24 months old
  • In the case of children aged from 2 to 5 years old, less than one hour screen time is recommended but only with parents around

So, the bottom line is, in this tech world, all the ties with electronic ties cannot be cut but can be limited for sure. And that is what every parent must do for their kids. In addition to keeping an eye, parents must limit their screen time as well to show their kids what they want them to learn and follow!

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