Yesterday, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health published a new report on screentime, which one BBC news headline interpreted as ‘Worry less about children’s screen use, parents told‘, whilst the Sun interpreted it as ‘Twelve ways to break your children’s screen addiction as technology and gaming wrecks sleep‘. So there was many interpretations of the report, which the RCPCH introduced as:
Screen time guidance, published today by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), instead suggests parents approach screen time based on the child’s developmental age, the individual need and value the family place on positive activities such as socialising, exercise and sleep – when screen time displaces these activities, the evidence suggests there is a risk to child wellbeing.
Having seen the press release the evening before, I undertook four radio interviews on the topic, drawing upon material, including that used in Raising Children in a Digital Age, which you can listen to (and see other content around) on:
- Premier Radio (just before 8am, and re-used around 1pm)
- Hits Radio (around 11am and re-used at 1pm)
- BBC London Drivetime (shortly after 5pm)
- BBC 5 Live (just after 11pm)