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Screen time doesn’t affect children’s health

Screen time does not adversely affect the health of children it has been claimed in a report published today.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), which oversees the training of specialists in child medicine, published its findings this morning. This follows many years of study and research into potential adverse the effects of continued and sustained screen time for young children. It confirmed that a link cannot be established between young children using screens for prolonged periods of time and anti social behaviour.

Leading pediatricians said that there is little harm in small children using screen time and there is no evidence of it being toxic. A statement later confirmed by Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion for the RCPCH, who said phones, computers and tablets were a “great way to explore the world.” (source BBC)

Although it is great to have this confirmed by a professional body, the findings are something we have always known here at Leemic.

Children can now interact with screens long before they can walk and talk these days and it is now becoming an essential part of the educational curriculum. Screen technology and the evolution of interactive screens has meant that the ability to operate a digital mouse has now become obsolete and has been removed from the ICT Syllabus altogether.

In fact not only does technology not have a negative impact on young children it can, in many ways, have a very positive impact on a child’s social and educational development.

For example the Sharp BIG PAD Interactive Learning Table – Early Years Edition is a great way for young children to operate modern technology in an educational environment. The table has a host of educational apps that are compliant with the EYFS Syllabus, which can be operated by up to four children at any one time. The multi-touch interactivity harnesses a child’s innate ability to operate the screen whilst also teaching them to interact and share with their peers as well as learning key skills such as reading, writing or arithmetic.

Just as Dr Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “screens are part of modern life.’ He went on to say that “The genie is out of the bottle – we cannot put it back.” The real question is how we adopt and embrace screens as part of our new way of working and how we use them for a force for good. (source BBC)

For further information on our Interactive Screens please have a look through our products over on our product page.