RCPCH - Guidance on Screen Use In Children - Info to Parents and Professionals
Screen use in day to day life- guidance
Screen use is part of day to day life. There is controversial evidence of benefit and harm. These are findings from a study and guidance is offered to all professionals and parents
12 systemic reviews have provided with the following evidence
1. Children with higher screen time tend to have a less healthy diet, a higher energy intake,
and more pronounced indicators of obesity.
2. Children with higher screen time, particularly over 2 hours per day, tend to have more
Depressive symptoms, although it has been found by some studies that some screen
time is better for mental health than none at all.
3. There also seems to be a trend towards poorer educational outcomes, sleep and fitness
in children using screens for long periods, although the evidence is weaker for these
associations. We didn’t find consistent evidence for any specific health or wellbeing
benefits of screen time.
4. When the effect of screen time on health amongst young people in the UK was analysed,
it was found that the contribution of screen time to wellbeing is small when considered
together with the contribution of sleep, physical activity, eating and bullying as well as
5. There is some specific evidence for an association between screens experienced around
Bedtime and sleep duration.