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December 20, 2019 Friday 01:58:04 PM IST

More Screen Time Affects Language, Literacy in Children

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More screen time can cause structural changes inthe brain that may impact their language skills. Children who spent more time using smart phones, tablets and other digital devices had lower structural integrity of white matter in parts of the brain that support language and literacy skills. These skills include imagery and executive function -- the process  involving mental control and self-regulation. These children also have lower scores on language and literacy measures. American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding screen media till 18 months and allow kids in the 18-24 months group to only watch high quality programming. For children in the 2 to 5 years age group, screen time should be restricted to 1 hour per day of high quality programmes.