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April 16, 2020 Thursday 04:56:42 PM IST

More screen time bad for preschoolers

Parent Interventions

Excessive screen time can cause negative physical, behavioural and cognitive outcomes in children, according to a study led by Department of Pscyhology of University of Calgary. The study points out that too much screen time on video games, internet-connected devices, TV and digital mediums can cause delay and deficits in learning in pre-schoolers by the time they enter school at the age of five.The findings were based on a study of 2500 homes in Alberta, Canada between 2011 and 2016. Children who had excessive screen time were failing to meet developmental milestones in language and communication, problem-solving, fine and gross motor skills. The study says that ideally children aged two to five should spend no more than one hour per day with high quality programming, geared towards learning and development.

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