Screen time is certainly useful. Teenagers use computers and tablets (and sometimes other screens, such as television) as part of their school work. It it is important, however, to help teens establish healthy habits outside of school hours. Deciding family rules and time limits can help avoid overuse of technology.
How can 'Screen Time' be harmful?
Screen time almost always involves sitting down in one place for periods of time and staring at a lighted screen. Frequent long periods of screen time can cause:
poor school performance and
How can parents help their teenage children?
Parents can help to guide their teenage children by choosing high quality programs and apps to:
practise problem solving
help develop communication skills
improve social skills
give positive messages about relationships, family and life
create interest in new topics
It is important to role model healthy screen use; you might include everyone in the family rules, such as no phones at the dinner table.
Check out the Active Hobbies section for other alternatives to screen time.
[Source: Raising Children Network; Queensland Health; Healthy Kids]