General Article Moderate levels of screen time can be good for children’s wellbeing, new research finds

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The study was based on data collected from more than 35,000 US children.

By Rhiannon Williams

Spending a moderate amount of time using electronic devices each day could have a positive effect on children’s wellbeing and mental health, a new study has found.

Children who spend between one and two hours a day watching television or playing on devices including smartphones, tablets, computers and video games consoles are more likely to demonstrate higher levels of ‘psychosocial’ functioning than children exposed to no screen time, researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University claimed.

The research, carried out in partnership with Cardiff University and Cambridge University and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, suggested that children who experience a moderate amount of screen time exposure are likely to possess better levels of emotional and social wellb

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