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Square Eyes or All Lies? Understanding Children's Exposure to Screens.

Square Eyes or All Lies? Understanding Children's Exposure to Screens.

Tia Henriksen: Too young to play on the iPad.

A new $666,901 ARC Discovery Project led by Professor Chris Lonsdale at the Australian Catholic University will examine Australian parents’ number one concern about their children’s health and behaviour—their interactions with electronic screens.

Researchers say that current screen time guidelines are based on low-quality evidence and lack nuance, and so are using innovative technology to resolve these weaknesses: wearable cameras will measure what children are doing on screens, and where, when, and how long they are doing it.

The research team is part of a significant collaboration that has been formed between the University of Southern Queensland, the University of Helsinki (Finland), the University of Oxford (UK), the NSW Ministry of Health, the NSW Department of Education, the University of Otago (NZ), and the Baylor College of Medicine (USA), to address this complex issue.

The project will also investigate how screen time impacts children’s development and how it is influenced by their environment. This evidence will benefit children by improving screen time guidelines, and help parents understand the impact of screen time on children’s development.



Image Credit: Tia Henriksen (CC BY 2.0).

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