It is very common for young children to have exposure to mobile devices and tablets, in fact too common. Recent research has indicated that many UK parents find it easier to get their children to do school work, than turn off their mobile devices. It has now become a norm for many small children to regularly use devices at a young age, and to prefer watching television rather than interact with someone else physically. Gone are the days when board games were ones to lose sleep over, and to ask parents for "one more game", now the case is "one more video", and this has shown to be harmful on children. Cambridge University published a study that suggested an extra hour a day of onscreen time unrelated to studies, showed a correlation of poorer GCSE grades. Ofcom also published a distressing report, that suggested young children ranging from three to four spent an average eight hours and 18 minutes online, each week. The effect of negative screen time on a 15 year old was as harmful as not getting regular sleep or missing breakfast.
It should now be urged that children are taught to cut down on screen time, and attempt more physical exercise, as reports have also linked excessive screen time to lead to a gain in weight, which can lead to obesity. Not only does this add to the NHS woes, but with the crisis it is facing, they simply cannot accommodate, such a growth in a negative area. Their mental well-being has also shown to be tapped into, as anxiety is seen as a common trait with those who hide behind screens for most of their day. Eyesight has also weakened with "blue light" from screens, damaging eyesight to an extent.
Studies do not indicate a complete cut off, but to an extent, in which skills are still built through screen time, but not in a way that it leads to negative effects. Screen time can build confidence in young children but also entertain them, whilst they may not like board games, a mobile game every once in a while will not damage their well-being.