Although they’re an intrinsic part of modern life, a lot of concerns have been raised about the widespread use of screens, particularly among children and teenagers, with claims about their impact on mental health, behaviour, and neurodevelopment being made. However, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and experts have raised concerns about whether these concerns are fully justified at this point. Despite this, lots of advice about screen time has been promoted to parents and policy makers.
Prof Andy Przybylski, Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Dr Pete Etchells, Reader in Psychology and Science Communication, Bath Spa University
Dr Max Davie, Officer for Health Promotion for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) & Community Paediatrician