Pros And Cons Of Screen Time For Kids

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As technology becomes more of a staple in everyday family life, parents are making choices about how much screen time to allow their children—and asking questions about how computers, phones, and TVs might help or hinder a child’s development. Here are some pros and cons of screen time for kids:


  • Provides desensitization needed to face horrors of real life
  • Sedentary, obese children significantly easier to babysit
  • Prevents children from taking up hobbies you’d have to feign interest in
  • Comfort in knowing Mariska Hargitay watching over your children
  • Finite battery life an important lesson on mortality
  • Digital era a perfect scapegoat for child’s all-around terrible upbringing


  • Looming threat that toddler might reveal spoilers
  • Enables children to Google negative findings of studies on excessive screen time
  • Yam puree all over space bar
  • Just when they’re used to the current OS, Apple releases an upgrade and you’ve got another tantrum on your hands
  • Puts your high scores in danger
  • Takes intended sting out of pointed physical and emotional neglect