The Effects of Screen Time on Kids' Brains- New Research

The Effects of Screen Time on Kids' Brains- New Research

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has a large study underway. Called the ABCD study: Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, there are almost 12,000 participating children. There are wide-ranging goals for the study, including a better understanding of the effect of exercise, sleep and diet on brain development and the effects of screen media time on brain health and development. One early report from the research indicates that children who spend more than two hours a day on screens perform worse on certain language and cognition tests.

The research is being conducted at 21 sites across the U.S. with Dr. Gaya Dowling of the NIH as the project leader and Dr. Terry Jernigan, Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego as a project coordinator. Look for tremendous insight on children’s brain health to emerge from the multiple branches of this study.

Another study using ABCD information, conducted by researchers from the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, The Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of California San Diego, notes that screen time affects how brains mature and may result in subsequent issues. Link here.

We’ve harped on this before. We’re parents. We know it isn’t easy. But get those kids off the sofa (or out of that closet!) and outside playing.

More on the NIH ABCD study here. Links to the analysis of screen time and brain development here and here.

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