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The Benefits and Harms of Screen Time for Kids 0-12 Years

Do you find it hard to get your children off the iPad or computer? Are your children exhibiting disturbing behaviours like out-of-control crying and screaming for screen time? Do you need HELP? Well, you’re not alone. Technology addiction is now considered a psychological disorder and a growing number of children are experiencing the many harms of too much technology.

Screens are an integral part of life – televisions, phones, tablets, electronic games and computers are in most homes and our children are spending varying amounts of time on them. A little of the right kind of technology for kids can be of great benefit. However, many children spend far too much time on screens – well over the recommended guidelines and are interacting with the wrong kind of content and this can result in long term harms.

So what can worried parents do?

Join Dr Rosina, entertaining and educational parenting expert as she interviews Dr Kristy Goodwin, mum of two and children’s technology and brain researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. You can find more on Dr Kristy and her research by visiting her website Every Chance to Learn.

Dr Kristy’s mission is to help parents feel confident about raising their kids in the digital age. Rather than worrying about screen time and banning it, today’s show is all about how your children can use technology in a healthy, safe and educational way. This show is filled with practical tips that work.

In this interview you’ll learn:

  1. What screen time includes

  2. The recommended guidelines 0-12 years

  3. The benefits of screen time

  4. The harms of screen time that have been revealed in research

  5. What parents can do to make screen time educational and safe

For help raising well-rounded and capable kids from toddlers to teens, get great tips, resources and support see Dr Rosina’s practical online parenting program.

Here are the links we talked about in the show and promised for our listeners.  (helpful website that reviews technology for children)


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