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Articles about Screen time

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Child health issues: What parents think

A 2021 poll of Australian parents’ top ten child health problems has excessive screen time holding onto the number one spot. Parent concern about screen time has jumped more than 30% in the past six years according to the Royal Children’s Hospital poll.

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Avoid screen time before school: Study

A French study has found that screen time in the morning can negatively impact a child’s language ability. Dr Manon Collet says children who were exposed to screens before school were three times more likely to develop primary language disorders.

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COVID-19: Effects on children and families

Despite the hardships, families have found silver linings in the challenges of COVID-19, with the majority reporting their family unit is more connected, spent more time together and used their time at home to consider what’s important in life.

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Creating good habits around screen time

Brad Marshall, Director of the Internet Addiction Clinic at Kidspace, helps families struggling with internet addiction, screen and gaming addiction. He suggests one of the main concerns is when children aged five and under use tech to self-soothe.

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Teaching children crucial life skills

Dr Nicola Yelland says parents may be missing opportunities to tease out life skills from everyday life. She claims the majority of a parent's role is to model, encourage and talk, and developing this habit is more effective than educational toys.

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Toddler using tablet

Screen time and the science of learning

Screens are not good babysitters, but is there such a thing as healthy screen time? How do we understand the benefits and challenges or decide when screen usage might aid learning? Author, speaker and academic Dr Michael Nagel, looks at the research.

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A focus on family life in Australia: 2019

Our second national survey of Aussie family life - First Five Years Snapshot of Australian Families - has confirmed that despite the rise of mobile devices it is television which is still occupying children’s screen time rather than phones or tablets.

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Childhood physical activity in crisis

A global report on children’s physical activity comparing 49 countries, has found Australian children aren't moving enough. The country is lagging on Overall Physical Activity, Active Transport, Screen Time and Physical Fitness, with a grade of D-.

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