Screen Time

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital “Premium” edition every Thursday…

Guilt is never a great way to motivate anyone, and parental guilt is a particularly insidious form of it. As a psychotherapist and a parent, it’s almost impossible to avoid. It is possible to know too much about the things that screw us up.

But of course the wisdom of psychological insight is so often retrospective. Making predictions is much harder. Which is why it continues to be hard to know exactly what to make of the “screen time” debate.

On April 24th the World Health Organization (WHO) released strict new guidelines about the use of screens (primarily tablets and phones) for under-5s. In short they advise no use for under 1s, rarely for children between the ages of 1 and 2, and limited use of no more than an hour a day from 2 through 4 years of age. (Click here to read the rest of the article via the NZ Herald…)

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