Can Screen Time/Type Predict Children’s Psychosocial Health?

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Image courtesy of Manierre Elementary School

Image courtesy of Manierre Elementary School

Media research from Glasgow, Great Britain (Medical Research Council and CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit), finds little or no negative impact from games playing on children’s behavior. The goal was to draw a connection between screen time at 5 years of age and behavioral or emotional troubles in 7 year olds. The authors studied both television and video games, arguing that connections with attention disorders, anger and other problems might be connected to both.

Four key findings were: 1. Exposure to video games had no effect on behavior, attention or emotional issues. 2. Watching three or more hours of television at age 5 did lead to a small increase in behavioral problems in youngsters at 7 years of age. 3. Neither television nor video games lead to attentional or emotional problems. 4. There was no difference between boys and girls in the survey results.

Read more about Do television and electronic games predict children’s psychosocial adjustment? Longitudinal research using the UK Millennium Cohort Study from ADC Online First.

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