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How Screen Time Can Slow Your Child’s Development

Many parents have, at one time or another, given their child a device or screen to entertain or occupy them. That’s okay once in a while, but some estimates suggest kids are racking up five to seven hours of screen time each day.

That’s concerning, says psychiatrist Joseph Austerman, DO. Young minds need human social interaction and too much screen time can slow a child’s development on many levels.

“The more screen time a child has, the poorer outcomes they have with academic success, so, they don’t do well in school,” Dr. Austerman says. “The more difficulty they have interacting with peers, the more difficulty they will have in developing appropriate social acumen and being able to interact with people socially – it’s directly related to the amount of screen time they had.”

by Cleveland Clinic


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