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Influencing factors

Screen time can influence young children’s weight in a number of ways.

Over the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number and types of factors influencing a child’s activity, including their screen time. The ecological model can help us understand these multiple factors.

In Week 2, we were introduced to the ecological model developed by Sallis and Bauman (2012). We used this model to identify factors influencing a child’s physical activity. Similarly, it can be used to identify factors that contribute to the type and amount of screen time that young children engage with.

The ecological model Ecological model diagram (Click to expand)

In this video we consider a range of factors that influence screen based activities for young children.

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