As Kids Turned to Screens During Pandemic, Their Mental Health Suffered

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Even in normal times, getting regular exercise and spending less time on screens can be good for kids. So it should come as no surprise that researchers discovered that kids who exercised more and used technology less during the pandemic had better mental health outcomes.

Dave Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, noted that higher amounts of screen time among younger children might mean they’re not engaging in other key developmental tasks. When children encounter difficult peer situations, he said, they just don’t have as much practice in confronting real-world stressors.

Even in normal times, getting regular exercise and spending less time on screens can be good for kids. So it should come as no surprise that researchers discovered that kids who exercised more and used technology less during the pandemic had better mental health outcomes.

Exercise is a basic wellness practice, like sleep, eating regularly and hydrating, added Anderson, who wasn’t part of the study.

“Those four things, they’re not a treatment for any single mental health disorder, but they help everyone’s mental health,” he said.

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SOURCE: https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2021-archive/september/roseman-university-dental-school-shortens-curriculum-to-three-years

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