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Piaget's theory. Pre op stage. Screen time. Recommended amount of screen time for pre-adolescents. Too much screen time. Blue light affecting the eye. How and Why Using Electronic Devices at Night Can Interfere With Sleep. Ninety percent of people in the U.S. admit to using a technological device during the hour before turning in, and children often use electronic media to help them relax at night.

How and Why Using Electronic Devices at Night Can Interfere With Sleep

If you’re among these nighttime technology-users, you may not realize the extent to which this can make it harder to settle down to sleep. But it can. The truth is, using electronic devices before bedtime can be physiologically and psychologically stimulating in ways that can adversely affect your sleep. Here’s what happens: Using TVs, tablets, smartphones, laptops, or other electronic devices before bed delays your body’s internal clock (a.k.a., your circadian rhythm), suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and makes it more difficult to fall asleep.

This is largely due to the short-wavelength, artificial blue light that’s emitted by these devices. All of this is true for kids and adults alike. One good substitution is reading. Is there a link between screen time and childhood obesity? - ActiveSG. Child Addiction to Video Games. By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

Child Addiction to Video Games

Is your child playing video games instead of doing schoolwork? Is he avoiding social situations—and is his behavior worsening as a result of constant gaming? I’ve heard the desperation and concern in the voices of many, many parents whose kids seem to spend all their time playing video games. As one parent said, “I worry that my son might be addicted. When I shut the game off, he freaks out and goes ballistic! If you’re worried about the amount of time your child spends gaming, you’re not alone. What’s more, in 2010 the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 2,000 children ages 8-18 in 2010 and found children’s screen time totals an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day. Today I’m going to discuss how you can set some limits on your child’s gaming.

When Video Game Use Crosses the Line Now I know there are many of you out there who are really struggling with your kids’ video game use and see no positives in it whatsoever. Here are some ideas to get you started: What Is Social Networking Addiction? Social networking addiction is a phrase sometimes used to refer to someone spending too much time using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media — so much so that it interferes with other aspects of daily life.

What Is Social Networking Addiction?

There's no official medical recognition of social networking addiction as a disease or disorder. Still, the cluster of behaviors associated with heavy or excessive use of social media has become the subject of much discussion and research. Defining Social Networking Addiction Addiction usually refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects. In most addictions, people feel compelled to do certain activities so often that they become a harmful habit, which then interferes with other important activities such as work or school. But it's hard to tell when fondness for an activity becomes a dependency and crosses the line into a damaging habit or addiction.

Social Media and Teens: How Does Social Media Affect Mental Health? Impact of Social Media on Youth. “Look,” says Sasha, a 16-year-old junior in high school, scrolling slowly through her Instagram feed.

Impact of Social Media on Youth

“See: pretty coffee, pretty girl, cute cat, beach trip. It’s all like that. Everyone looks like they’re having the best day ever, all the time.” Magazines and advertising have long been criticized for upholding dangerously unrealistic standards of success and beauty, but at least it’s acknowledged that they are idealized. The models wearing Size 0 clothing are just that: models. These days, however, the impossible standards are set much closer to home, not by celebrities and models but by classmates and friends. Donna Wick, EdD, founder of Mind-to-Mind Parenting, says that for teenagers the combined weight of vulnerability, the need for validation, and a desire to compare themselves with peers forms what she describes as a “perfect storm of self-doubt.” Sometimes, says Sasha, looking at friends’ feeds “makes you feel like everyone has it together but you.”

Struggling to stay afloat. A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying. 59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it's a major problem for people their age.

A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying

At the same time, teens mostly think teachers, social media companies and politicians are failing at addressing this issue. Name-calling and rumor-spreading have long been an unpleasant and challenging aspect of adolescent life. But the proliferation of smartphones and the rise of social media has transformed where, when and how bullying takes place. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 59% of U.S. teens have personally experienced at least one of six types of abusive online behaviors. The most common type of harassment youth encounter online is name-calling.

While texting and digital messaging are a central way teens build and maintain relationships, this level of connectivity may lead to potentially troubling and nonconsensual exchanges. Each hour of screen time linked to poorer grades. A study involving 845 secondary school students has revealed that each hour per day spent watching TV, using the internet or playing computer games at average age 14.5 years was associated with poorer GCSE grades at age 16.

Each hour of screen time linked to poorer grades

Additionally, each hour of daily homework and reading was linked to significantly better grades. Surprisingly, however, the amount of physical activity had no effect on academic performance. Median screen time was four hours a day, of which around half was spent watching TV; median sedentary non-screen time (reading/homework) was 1.5 hours. Each hour per day of time spent in front of the TV or computer in Year 10 was associated with 9.3 fewer GCSE points in Year 11 — the equivalent to two grades in one subject or one grade in each of two subjects.

Two hours was therefore associated with 18 fewer points at GCSE, and the median of four hours, with a worrying 36 fewer points. The burning question: are some screens better than others? References.