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Screen time: vindicated

Amount of screen time does not seem to be related to worse language and literacy gains for early elementary students.

October 15, 2020

Evidence of screen time’s effects on language and literacy skills has been… confusing (see our previous review here). The conventional wisdom is that if a child is watching a screen then they are not engaging in other, more enriching activities like shared book reading or interactive play. And the current recommendations from the AAP remain that for children age 2 and up, screen time should be limited to 1 hour per day and should be co-viewed with an adult. But we know that’s not really what’s happening in most households, especially during this whole global pandemic thing…

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