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Study in UK: to limit the use of electronic devices children are not serving

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Published on Dec 18, 2017

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Parents are always more concerned in limiting the usage time of electronic devices with the screen to their children, but a new study in Britain says that all this is not necessary.

A joint study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute and the University of Cardiff, published in the journal Child Development, has come to the conclusion that there is no link between a reduced time-of-use of electronic devices by children and their increased well-being.

The study examined the 20,000 families in which it was assessed the correlation between the use of these devices with the screen, and the well-being of children. The measurements have covered some aspects such as the impact on emotional recovery, the level of curiosity and the positive effect.

Even, they have measured the positive effects in children who used an average of more than two hours per day electronic devices with a screen. The same is true also for adolescents, with the confirmation that the limits set by the guidelines of the AAP (up to 2 hours per day) are based on research outdated, that today no longer have any value.

The real key, says the University, is not the time use by children, but what they do with these devices. The council is to teach children the proper use of smartphones and tablets, not limiting it to only mere games, but also activities such as drawing, reading and discovering new things. The problem is the quality, not the quantity.

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