Published: February 18, 2019

Straker, L., Zabatiero, J., Danby, S., Thorpe, K., & Edwards, S. (2018). Conflicting guidelines on young children’s screen time and use of digital technology create policy and practice dilemmas. The Journal of pediatrics, 202, 300-303.


Leon Straker, Juliana Zabatiero, Susan Danby, Karen Thorpe and Susan Edwards


Across the globe, many children live in a digitally enmeshed world. Education and industry authorities encourage the use of digital technology by children to prepare them to thrive in a digital world. Health authorities, in contrast, discourage young children’s use of digital technology and raise concerns about the potential negative effects on children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being. This paper articulates the differing perspectives of education and health authorities that result in a dilemma for those charged with providing for young children’s health, care, education, development, and well-being—that of conflicting advice regarding the use of digital technology in early childhood.