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).