According to a recent study, published in the journal Jama Pediatrics and entitled Is overall screen time associated with academic performances in kids, teen ?, the use of digital devices is not generally associated with the school performance of children and adolescents, except in the case of excessive time spent, for example, in front of the television or video games.
The research, led by Mireia Adelantado-Renau (University Jaume I, Spain), involved a review of 58 studies (from 23 countries), which, in total, had involved 480,000 participants aged 4 to 18, and one meta-analysis able to combine the results of 30 studies which involved, instead, 106,000 participants.
Specifically, the scientists examined the frequency of use and the time spent in front of computers, the internet, cell phones, television, video games and various screens in relation to school performance in various disciplines, including languages and mathematics.
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On the one hand, it emerged that the use of digital devices with screens is not generally associated with school performance. But there is one exception: in many cases the more time is spent watching television and playing video games, the worse school performance is.
Additionally, previous research has produced conflicting results on the association between digital screen media use and school performance. For this reason, according to the researchers, the limitation of this study is that certain logical consequences cannot be drawn.
Despite this, the results of this survey suggest that education and public health professionals should always supervise children when using digital devices and make sure they don’t spend too much time in front of screens.
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