An attention grabbing headline that I'm sure many will feel is over the top.
I think we often underestimate the impact of too much screen time, not only for our children but for ourselves too, and with everything in life, moderation is the key.
Time spent messaging friends on Snapchat/Instagram can be just as dangerously addictive for teenagers as drugs and alcohol, and should be treated as such, school leaders and teachers were told at an education conference in London. Harley Street rehab clinic specialist Mandy Saligari said screen time was too often overlooked as a potential vehicle for addiction in young people. “I always say to people, when you’re giving your kid a tablet or a phone, you’re really giving them a bottle of wine or a gram of coke.” “Why do we pay so much less attention to those things than we do to drugs and alcohol when they work on the same brain impulses?” Concern has grown recently over the number of young people seen to be sending or receiving pornographic images, or accessing age inappropriate content online through their devices.