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Screen Time Linked to Lower Brain Development

More kids today than ever before are staring at iPads, iPhones, game consoles, computer screens and television screens for hours on end. If you think siting your child in front of the TV each night so you can get some peace and quiet is harmless, think again. Research has shown that heavy screen time can actually alter your child's brain — and not for the better.  In a new study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found an association between screen use and brain development. To conduct the study, researchers used special brain scans to assess the integrity of the white matter in the brain in 47 children from middle- to upper-middle class English-speaking households. They scored screen time based on answers parents provided about total screen time, whether or not their child had a screen in their bedroom and exposure to violent content, among other things. The researchers then compared the scores to each child’s brain scan.  Read more....



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