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What is screen time?

Screen time includes all time children engage with electronic media.

Young children of the 21st century have unprecedented access to electronic media and spend more time with screens than any other time in history. They are also introduced to screens at a much younger age.

“In the 1970s, the average age that children began watching television was 4 years; today, it is 5 months.” (Dr Dylan Cliff, University of Wollongong)
“Recent advances in mobile touch screen technologies, which are intuitive for young children to use, have led to the development of dedicated devices and electronic games and apps targeted at young children.” (Dr Dylan Cliff, University of Wollongong)

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  • How have screen based activities for children in your country changed over the course of your lifetime?
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