Title

The Interplay Between Digital Media Use and Development.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2018

Institution/Department

Psychiatry, Pediatrics

Journal Title

Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America

MeSH Headings

Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Development, Child, Child Behavior, Child Development, Child, Preschool, Humans, Infant, Internet, Television, Video Games

Abstract

Today's youth develop immersed in a digital media world and the effects are specific to their developmental stage. Clinicians and caretakers should be mindful regarding digital media use patterns; however, this complex and reciprocal relationship defies simple linear descriptions. The impacts of digital media can be powerful. It is important to be cautious but not over-pathologize media use because digital media enables social connections, allows self-soothing in some children, and fills needs for stimulation and self-expression. Young children or those with psychiatric disorders or developmental delays should be considered vulnerable to harmful effects of media content and overuse.

ISSN

1558-0490

First Page

345

Last Page

355

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