The term ‘screen time’ gets bandied about quite a bit. When the phrase is linked with young people reports are often negative.
The term itself is quite misleading as not all screen time is equal.
The media often covers studies linking teen depression and screen time, or young people’s use of social media and anxiety. However, recent studies have challenged the way these studies were conducted. Researchers from the University of Oxford have stated that the use of phones, tablets and laptops is no worse for teenagers’ mental health than eating more potatoes.
That’s not to underestimate concerns you may have if there are huge fights about turning the Wi-Fi off. Being on the receiving end of grunts from behind a phone day in, day out can cause a lot of frustration for parents.