Screen Damage - The Dangers of Digital Media for Children, Paperback / softback Book

Screen Damage - The Dangers of Digital Media for Children Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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All forms of recreational digital consumption - whether on smartphones, tablets, game consoles or TVs - have skyrocketed in the younger generations.

From the age of 2, children in the West clock up more than 2.5 hours of screen time a day; by the time they reach 13, it's more than 7 hours a day.

Added up over the first 18 years of life, this is the equivalent of almost 30 school years, or 15 years of full-time employment. Most media experts do not seem overly concerned about this situation: children are adaptable, they say, they are 'digital natives', their brains have changed and screens make them smarter.

But other specialists - including some paediatricians, psychiatrists, teachers and speech therapists - dispute these claims, and many parents worry about the long-term consequences of their children's intensive exposure to screens. Michel Desmurget, a leading neuroscientist, has carefully weighed up the scientific evidence concerning the impact of the digital activities of our children and adolescents, and his assessment does not make for happy reading: he shows that these activities have significant detrimental consequences in terms of the health, behaviour and intellectual abilities of young people, and strongly affect their academic outcomes. A wake-up call for anyone concerned about the long-term impacts of our children's over-exposure to screens.