=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === If you’re a parent to a young teen, it’s likely you can usually find them with their smartphone glued to their hand.
But a new study suggests that young teens should only have an hour of screen time a day, or their grades and test scores could suffer.
Researchers from Rutgers University-New Brunswick found that teens who use the internet, social media or video games for more than 60 minutes a day on a weekday have ‘significantly lower grades and test scores.’
Based on the findings, the team is urging parents to place time limits on their children’s interactive technology use.
In the study, the researchers set out to understand the thresholds for using entertainment-related technology during the school week.
Dr Vivien Anthony, who led the study, said: ‘Interactive technology is widely used to promote children’s educational access and achievement.
‘During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has been essential to facilitating remote learning.
‘At the same time, there is a growing concern that excessive technology use, particularly for entertainment, may adversely affect children’s educational development by facilitating undesirable study habits and detracting from time spent on learning activities.’
The study included 10,000 students, with an average age of 13.5 years, who were surveyed and followed.
The results revealed that teens who used the internet, social media or video games for four or more hours daily were four times more likely to skip school than those who did not.