Dr Georgiana Cameron

The answer is less straightforward than it might seem. When the issue of teens and technology is raised there tends to be a minefield of opinions about its impact and what should be done to curb usage. It’s a topic that is highly relevant to parents and educators, with frequent news items suggesting that technology is affecting teens’ brains, threatening the moral fabric of society, causing epidemic levels of addiction, and increasing social isolation and ill-being. Many writers recommend that parents set guidelines and wean their children off screens where they can. Advice often suggests allowing no screen time before school, mealtime or bedtime, but to use screen time as a reward after homework is finished. Further advice includes making sure that protections are in place around internet access and social media, and talking to your child about why their screen time is being limited. The advice is often helpful, however much of it isn’t derived from rigorous research.

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