Is Excessive Screen Time Damaging Your Child’s Brain?

Screen time is an ongoing problem in the U.S.   How bad is the problem?

Interview one of our Dr. Clint Steele on this topic.

Here are a few things Dr. Steel can say:

  • Several studies have shown that too much screen can actually damage your child’s brain development even into the teen years.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics suggests infants under the age of 18 months stay off technology entirely. Children ages 2-5 only 1 hour per day and children 6 and older no more than 2 hours a day.
  • One study showed that 48% of teens who spent more than 5 hours a day had thoughts of suicide compared to only 24 % of teens who spent less than an hour a day on technology.
  • Several studies have shown a condition termed gray matter atrophy where gray matter in the brain actually shrinks. Vitally important as gray matter is where most of the processing occurs.
  • Physically too much screen time usually leads to anterior head postures which not only creates more stress on the muscles of the neck creating headaches but also increases the amount of stress on the brain stem which leads to increased risk of anxiety issues, depression, focus issues, ADD/ADHD and more.

Jo Allison
Success In Media, Inc.

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