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.


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