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Smartphones and tablets causing mental health issues in kids as young as two

Written by: Gryphon Online Safety Inc. / December 17, 2019

This content is a summary of an article published by the NZ Herald on November 13, 2019.

Gryphon: Smartphones and tablets causing mental health issues in kids as young as two

Research shows that all it takes is one hour of screentime for children to be at a higher risk of experiencing depression and anxiety. Other symptoms can begin to show as early as pre-school with an inability to “calm down when excited” and anger management challenges. As they grow, children are also displaying patterns of low interest in learning (11-13 year-olds) and an inability to complete tasks (14-17 year-olds).

The suggested response of researchers, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics’, to prevent mental health symptoms and promote well-being, is for parents and teachers to limit children’s access to screens: no more than one hour a day for 2-5-year-olds and two hours a day for children and adolescents.

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