The Interplay Between Digital Media Use and Development.
Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Development, Child, Child Behavior, Child Development, Child, Preschool, Humans, Infant, Internet, Television, Video Games
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.
Gerwin, Roslyn L; Kaliebe, Kristopher; and Daigle, Monica, "The Interplay Between Digital Media Use and Development." (2018). Maine Medical Center. 1334.