Until March 2019 Play Matters will concentrate on a number of themes that highlight the importance of play and this month we look at ‘screen time’ – the amount of time that children and young people spend using mobile phones and tablets, playing on games consoles and watching television.
While there are educational benefits to children who use tablets and the internet, overuse of technology can have a negative effect on a child and more children and young people are turning to technology for entertainment than traditional types of outdoor play.
Click on the following article ‘Playing with technology; is it all bad?’, to see how academic professionals examine the pros and cons of using technology for play and advise parents and guardians on how to strike a balance to ensure technology isn’t the only tool that children and young people use for play.
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