Impact of Screen Time on Child Development


Raheela Kausar,Usman Afaq


 The impact of screen time on child development has become a focal point of concern in contemporary research and parenting discourse. This study explores the multifaceted effects of digital media exposure on children's cognitive, social, and emotional development. With the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and computers, children are increasingly engaged with screens from an early age, raising questions about its implications. Research indicates that excessive screen time can adversely affect children's attention spans, cognitive abilities, and academic performance. Prolonged exposure to digital media may also contribute to social isolation, reduced physical activity, and disrupted sleep patterns, further influencing overall well-being. Moreover, content consumption, including violent or inappropriate material, can impact children's emotional regulation and behavior. However, not all screen time is detrimental. Educational content and interactive digital media can provide opportunities for learning and skill development. Effective parental mediation and setting limits on screen use are crucial factors in mitigating potential negative effects. Understanding the nuanced impact of screen time on child development is essential for parents, educators, and policymakers to make informed decisions that promote balanced digital engagement and support healthy developmental outcomes for children. Further research is needed to explore longitudinal effects and best practices for managing screen time in the digital age.


How to Cite
Raheela Kausar,Usman Afaq. (2024). Impact of Screen Time on Child Development. Harf-O-Sukhan, 8(2), 1101-1111. Retrieved from