If there's one goal that most parents have starting out, it's fostering a childhood that isn't dependent on screens — one where kids play outdoors, do creative crafts and activities and read books for fun in their downtime. But then reality sets in. The kids plead that all their friends watch TV and tablets, and there are chores to be done and dinners to make, and the screen-time restrictions relax.
There is something to those initial screen-time concerns, though: According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2019, screen use changes the way kids' brains are wired. "Children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and other emergent literacy skills," the abstract states. "These children also have lower scores on language and literacy measures."