Digital media: Promoting healthy screen use in school-aged children and adolescents

Paediatr Child Health. 2019 Sep;24(6):402-417. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxz095. Epub 2019 Sep 5.
[Article in English, English]


Digital media are integrated into the everyday lives of children and adolescents, with potential benefits and risks for learning, mental and physical health, and for social life. This statement examines the cognitive, psychosocial, and physical effects of digital media on school-aged children and adolescents, with a focus on family routines, context, and activities. Evidence-based guidance for clinicians and families involves four principles: healthy management, meaningful screen use, positive modelling, and balanced, informed monitoring of screen time and behaviours.

Keywords: Adolescents; Children; Development; Digital media; Family; Health; Screen use.

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