How use of screen media affects the emotional development of infants
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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.e816

Correspondence

carole.napier@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 August 2013

Accepted: 29 September 2013