Not all screen time causes kids to underperform in school, study says

September 24, 2019 | CNN

It’s possible that not all screen time is equally bad for your child’s performance at school. A new review of 58 studies from 23 countries found only the time spent watching television and playing video games negatively impacted a child’s academics.

That’s not really good news. On average, a typical child plays video games for 40 minutes a day and watches between 1.8 and 2.8 hours of TV each day. Almost a third of children and adolescents spend more than four hours a day on screens, with boys outpacing girls.

Impact of TV and video games

The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, compared the academic achievements of 106,000 children and adolescents, ages 4 to 18, to the amount of time spent on the internet, mobile phones, television, video games and overall screen media use.

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