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Too much screen time can cause developmental delays in kids: study

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Stephan Savoia
Summary

Excessive screen time is linked to delays in communication skills and socio-emotional health

Interactions with other kids and adults have a profound impact on development

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – One in four Canadian children are not ready to start school, according to a study from the University of Calgary.

The study links excessive screen time to delays in developing skills like communication and socio-emotional health.

Psychiatrist Ashley Miller says that interactions with other kids and adults have a profound impact on children’s social and overall development.

“Young children really depend on the relationship with their caregiver for their development,” she says. “It’s really essential to them, as much as food or water.”

Miller says that children need the ability to pay attention and to be able to organize themselves by the time they enter school.