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Paediatr Child Health. 2017 Nov;22(8):461-477. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxx123. Epub 2017 Oct 9.

Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world.

[Article in English, French]

Abstract

The digital landscape is evolving more quickly than research on the effects of screen media on the development, learning and family life of young children. This statement examines the potential benefits and risks of screen media in children younger than 5 years, focusing on developmental, psychosocial and physical health. Evidence-based guidance to optimize and support children's early media experiences involves four principles: minimizing, mitigating, mindfully using and modelling healthy use of screens. Knowing how young children learn and develop informs best practice strategies for health care providers.

KEYWORDS:

Development; Digital media; Health; Infant; Preschool child; Screen time

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