If your older children are learning from a distance, it may increase their risk of depression because a new study suggests that high levels of electronic learning are associated with increased levels of depression and anxiety. The study indicated that among older children and adolescents, high levels of depression or anxiety were associated with high levels of TV or digital media; High levels were associated with high levels of depression, annoyance, inattention, and hyperactivity during video games. “Our findings could help inform public health guidelines that consider the use of different types of screens to prevent mental health disorders in children and adolescents during an epidemic,” said researchers, including Juedi Lee of Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital.
For the study, published in the JAMA Network Open Journal, the team recruited 2,026 children to determine if certain forms of screen use were associated with symptoms of depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, boredom, hyperactivity and inattention among children and adolescents during Covid-19. .
A longitudinal study was conducted in Ontario, Canada between May 2020 and April 2021 between 2 and 18 year olds and adolescents.
During Covid-19, parents were repeatedly asked to answer questions about their children’s health behavior and mental health symptoms.
The study further suggests that evidence-informed social support is needed, as well as policy interventions for the use of healthy screens and the promotion of mental health among children and adolescents in and after the epidemic.
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