Parents and pediatricians had long suspected that electronic screen time usage in young children had detrimental effects, and now studies are backing up this suspicion. Researchers recently showed that use of electronics and screen time in infants and children harmed the development of essential brain matter. Side-by-side development was done, and it was proven that children develop healthier brains, and stronger cognizant functions when they interact with the real world, and have social exchanges with adults, compared with less development from using electronics with screens.

Key Takeaways:

  • Young children have been using increasing amounts of electronic devices at very early ages.
  • Several new studies confirmed that screen time impairs cognitive development. Pediatricians and parents have suspected this for years.
  • Children benefit from social interaction with adults, to stimulate their brain development, especially in infancy.

“No baby under 18 months old should be exposed to screen media, other than video chatting with friends and family, the AAP says.”

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