Can Screen Time be good for children?

With the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, many aspects of our lives have changed drastically. With the periodic lockdowns, most of us have been cooped up in our homes for extended periods. This has impacted children too, who have been forced to stay in their homes because of the school closures. With most educational institutions closed and opting to work remotely, education has moved online. Coupled with the fact that children’s outdoor activities has been severely restricted, this has resulted in a drastic increase in the amount of screen time that each child is consuming. Both parents and school leaders alike rightly see this as a cause for concern and want to reduce the duration of screen time that a child consumes. According to a survey, the lockdown has resulted in nearly 5 additional hours that children spend in front of the screen.