Truth Versus Hysteria of Screen Time Effects in Early Childhood

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. come away with resources and strategies to support families in managing screen time.
  2. gain an understanding of screen time effects on early childhood based on research findings.
  3. understand the direction of the relationship between screen time and developmental outcomes.


What is truly the relationship between parenting, screen time, and behavioural outcomes? The present study examined how parenting influences child behaviour and its relationship to screen time use in 3-year-olds using data from a pregnancy cohort in Calgary, Alberta. The results will inform strategies to limit, model, and monitor children’s screen time.



Melissa Mueller, University of Calgary
Kelly D. Schwartz, University of Calgary


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