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Screen time for teens: OverviewSScreen time for teens: OverviewScreen time for teens: OverviewEnglishAdolescent;PreventionTeen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionTeen (13-18 years)NA2019-03-22T04:00:00ZFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>You have probably heard the term ‘screen time’ a lot. It’s the amount of time you spend using a device that has a screen, for instance watching television, browsing online, using a cell phone or playing video games.</p><p>Screen time is an important and unavoidable part of your life. It lets you relax and connect with friends and family and lets you access unlimited information in an instant.</p><p>The downside, though, is that you can easily experience an overload of information and forget about other fun and healthy activities. Social media and technology eliminate the need to call a friend or meet up with someone in person. And staring passively at a screen limits the need to use your imagination, something that’s important to help you generate ideas and solve problems in your everyday life.</p>
Temps d’écran pour les adolescents : présentation généraleTTemps d’écran pour les adolescents : présentation généraleScreen time for teens: OverviewFrenchAdolescent;PreventionTeen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionTeen (13-18 years)NA2019-03-22T04:00:00ZFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Tu as probablement souvent entendu le terme « temps d’écran ». C’est le temps que tu passes devant un appareil muni d’un écran comme, par exemple, lorsque tu regardes la télévision, navigues sur Internet, utilises un téléphone cellulaire ou joues à des jeux vidéo. </p><p>Le temps d’écran est un élément important et inévitable de ta vie. Il te permet de te détendre, d’être en contact avec tes amis et ta famille et te donne instantanément accès à une quantité illimitée de renseignements.</p><p>L’inconvénient, par contre, c’est qu’on peut facilement se sentir submergé par l’information et négliger d’autres activités saines et amusantes. Les médias sociaux et la technologie éliminent le besoin d’appeler un ami ou de rencontrer quelqu’un en personne. Fixer passivement un écran des yeux limite le besoin d’utiliser ton imagination, et c’est important pour t’aider à générer des idées et à résoudre les problèmes de la vie quotidienne.</p>

 

 

 

 

Screen time for teens: Overview3775.00000000000Screen time for teens: OverviewScreen time for teens: OverviewSEnglishAdolescent;PreventionTeen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionTeen (13-18 years)NA2019-03-22T04:00:00ZFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>You have probably heard the term ‘screen time’ a lot. It’s the amount of time you spend using a device that has a screen, for instance watching television, browsing online, using a cell phone or playing video games.</p><p>Screen time is an important and unavoidable part of your life. It lets you relax and connect with friends and family and lets you access unlimited information in an instant.</p><p>The downside, though, is that you can easily experience an overload of information and forget about other fun and healthy activities. Social media and technology eliminate the need to call a friend or meet up with someone in person. And staring passively at a screen limits the need to use your imagination, something that’s important to help you generate ideas and solve problems in your everyday life.</p><h2>How much time to spend online</h2><p>The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recommend that teens up to age 17 spend a maximum of two hours a day of recreational screen time (any screen time that doesn’t involve homework or other tasks).</p><p>To work out your daily recreational screen time, add up how much time you spend looking at a screen for fun from when you wake up until you go to bed. Here are some common activities to consider:</p><ul><li>watching videos, streamed TV shows or movies</li><li>instant messaging, using social media sites and apps</li><li>downloading, organizing and playing music files</li><li>playing online games</li><li>browsing or editing photos</li><li>using a cell phone or smart watch</li><li>reading and writing text messages</li><li>listening to podcasts</li></ul><p>If you’re getting a lot more than two hours of recreational screen time a day, it could have a negative effect on your mental health.</p><h2>How too much screen time affects mental health</h2><p>Screen time becomes unhealthy when you’re looking at a screen for much of the day. If this sounds familiar, you may notice that you feel:</p><ul><li>lonely</li><li>sad</li><li>overly tired</li><li>stressed or fearful</li><li>isolated from friends or family</li><li>withdrawn</li><li>nervous</li><li>agitated or tense</li><li>aggressive or angry</li></ul><p>You may also experience mood swings and have trouble making and keeping friends.</p><p>Too much screen time also takes time away from physical activity and can reduce your concentration and interest in school. At night, the blue light from screens makes it harder for you <a href="/Article?contentid=3633&language=English">to fall and stay asleep</a>. This also affects your energy and mood at school or with your friends and family.</p><p>Spending too much time on social media in particular can give you a distorted sense of your friends and the people you follow online. Watching someone’s highlight reel while you deal with the ups and downs of your life can lead to unhealthy comparisons and make you feel inadequate.</p><p>Of course, some of these issues could be caused by something other than too much screen time. Talk to your parents or another trusted adult if you have any concerns about your wellbeing.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/screen_time_for_teens.jpg