How use of screen media affects the emotional development of infants
Carole Napier Health visitor with NHS Grampian in Aberdeen
Carole Napier undertook a literature review to explore the research into the effects of watching television and other electronic devices on parent-child interactions
This article reviews the literature relating to the potential impact of exposure to screen media on the emotional development of infants. The available literature suggests that screen media, in particular television, has a substantially disruptive effect on the quantity and quality of parent-child interactions, which are essential for developing secure attachments. Parental attitudes towards screen media, that is if they are happy to use it as a ‘babysitter’ or do not see any negative consequences to excessive exposure, are also noted to be major factors in how much screen time children have daily. There is a critical need for evidence-based guidelines for parents and professionals concerning the use of screen media.
Primary Health Care. 24, 2, 18-25. doi: 10.7748/phc2014.02.24.2.18.e816Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 18 August 2013
Accepted: 29 September 2013