Adolescence begins at puberty and ends in the early to mid-20s, so we are not just talking about
teenagers. It is an important period of development and change; physically and emotionally.
Adolescent brains are changing rapidly, making them more affected by what they are experiencing
than they would be as adults.
Screen time is one of many factors that can impact tamariki and their development and occurs in the wider context of whānau lives.
Its use has increased dramatically in recent years. Younger and younger children, including babies, are becoming regular users of screens.
There are many influences on children’s development. We know that some things about children’s lives put them at ‘higher risk’ of poor outcomes. Other things in their lives increase the chance of positive outcomes. Research from many different disciplines adds to our understanding of these factors (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, infant mental health).
There is ever-increasing research regarding the potentially lasting impact of a child’s early experiences. While evidence-based knowledge is an excellent thing, single studies, or even bodies of research on a particular topic, can ever only tell part of the complex story of infant and child development.1 With apologies to Alexander Pope, a little research can be a dangerous thing, especially when
The brain is responsible for so much. It’s involved when we breathe and when we digest our food. It helps us to move and to keep our balance. It creates our emotions, our behaviour, allows us to love, and to laugh. It promotes our survival. It is responsible for dreams, and it monitors our body to see whether we need a drink. And much much more.