Children Should Not Be Protected from Using Interactive Screens

  • Christopher J. FergusonEmail author


Whether young children should have access to digital screens remains a matter of great contention among scholars. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics has historically recommended against allowing young children access to digital screens, research evidence to support this position has not always been clear. This chapter reviews research evidence that suggests that prohibition of screen access for young children is unwarranted and may be counterproductive. This chapter also considers related issues for older children such as social media use and exposure to suicide-themed fictional media.


Screen time Child development Children Academic achievement Social media Suicide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyStetson UniversityDeLandUSA

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