Smallest tots spending too much time on screens

2019-11-27 18:45

Screen time occupies about an hour a day of an infant's time and increases to more than 150 minutes by age three.

How do you put limits on your family's screen time?

2019-06-16 18:30

A new approach regarding screen time includes deciding on screen-free areas around the house, time limits on use, what time gadgets need to be turned off – and even where to charge equipment.

How cutting teens' screen time in the evening can improve their sleep in just one week

2019-05-29 12:43

Sleep complaints among teenagers can easily be reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light, according to a new study.

Children under the age of two are watching double the amount of screen time they should be, with lasting consequences on their development

2019-05-22 09:22

64% of children under the age of two are watching over two hours of TV and videos every day. That's double the amount the World Health Organisation recommends. And with research indicating that in the first three years of our lives, our brains develop rapidly, tripling in size, we need to ensure our kids spend far less time in front of screens.

The more screen time, the more attention issues for young children

2019-04-23 16:15

In a new study, researchers found that when young children spent more than an hour a day staring at a smartphone or tablet screen, they were at much higher risk of attention issues.

Too much screen time a damper on children's development

2019-01-31 14:31

A new study shows that children who spend too much time in front of screens are showing delayed development.

Watch: this 27-year-old ‘tech addict’ is using a 12-step program and monitoring apps to get off the computer

He was born the year the web went public and cut his teeth on video games.

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So does on-screen violence make children more emotionally distressed after all?

2018-11-20 14:51

The amount of violence children witness on-screen alters their perception of the world and can be detrimental to their development.

"Play with me, not your cell phones!": A 7-year-old 'organised' a march against parents on smartphones

2018-10-23 15:03

"We are here, we are raising our voices because you're always staring at your phones!" 7-year-old Emil Rustige was so tired of competing with his father's smartphone for attention that the little boy decided a protest was in order.

Too much screen time, too little sleep and almost no exercise: shocking findings

2018-09-27 12:58

Only one in 20 kids in the United States meets guidelines on sleep, exercise and screen time, and nearly a third are outside recommendations for all three, according to a study published Thursday.


All that screen time won't hurt your kid's grades – maybe

2019-10-01 08:45

Life in the 21st century is vastly different to what it was 50 years ago. Tasks we used to do unrelated to a screen now involve a screen.

Parents respond: You can blame the “idiot box” for 50% of children having never read a book with their parents

2019-06-11 14:32

“She never read any books that weren’t school-related and her reading and spelling are terrible. Simply put, price was no object. She preferred to sit and watch the idiot box.” – Parents respond to why they don't read with their children, and we share how you can reintroduce a love for it.

TV not a good sleep aid for young kids

2019-05-23 21:00

A study found that on average, kids without TVs in their bedrooms slept 30 minutes more at night than those with a TV in their bedroom.

Are these new screen time guidelines for children under 5 realistic?

2019-05-02 12:24

The World Health Organisation recently released screen time guidelines for children under 5. One hour a day they say, and with good reason too. But is it really all that realistic?

Kids under 2 are spending almost 3 hours in front of a screen each day

2019-02-28 18:45

Nowadays children under the age of two spend twice the amount of time in front of a screen each day compared to 20 years ago.

Screen time vs real time

2019-01-21 16:27

Put away that screen and let your children reconnect with the world.

A British restaurant chain is asking diners to hand in their phones to 'celebrate family time,' and Twitter isn't having it

2018-12-01 21:06

Frankie & Benny's is asking diners to surrender their phones in a bid to 'celebrate family time,' but people are not loving it.

What is an appropriate screen time limit for teens? We could be back to square one

2018-11-08 14:05

If screens are kept at arm’s length, measures of well-being tend to improve, especially for teens, who may suffer from anxiety and depression. This analysis suggests that we can be flexible on screen time limits though, and if managed correctly, it could have benefits for our children, which includes making plans with friends, nurturing relationships and watching educational videos.

It's okay mom, dad: Your Gen Z matric can study for the exams on the couch and online

2018-10-17 12:47

Our kids are going to experience the upcoming matric exams quite differently from the way we did. And if we’re going to be able to help them, we need to understand their generation as best as we possibly can. Just make sure they get enough sleep and fresh air!

From penny press to Snapchat: How parents have always worried about the "new thing"

2018-09-04 12:45

Grandma and grandpa reminisce about the "good old days", saying that today's kids seem to have an addiction when it comes to their smartphones. But the truth is, adults have worried about their kids' fascination with new-fangled entertainment and technology since the days of dime novels, radio, the first comic books and rock n' roll. Here's a grandparent's perspective on the kids (and parents) of today.

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