ARIZONA NEWS

Valley doctor warns too much screen time could affect young kids’ brains

Nov 7, 2019, 4:15 AM

(Pexels Photo)...

(Pexels Photo)

(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — A Valley doctor is warning families about screen time usage for young children after a recent study showed that too much of it could affect the development of their brains.

The study published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday found that prekindergarten children that use screens more often than recommended were not as competent at language and literacy skills as those who use screens less often.

“It’s like a lot of things … if you overdo it you’re going to get a negative response,” Dr. Javier Cárdenas, director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.  “That’s really where the most recent publication that came out looking at the brain’s white matter in kids who use screen time quite a bit.”

Cardenas suggests parents and guardians be more thoughtful with how often they let their young children have screen time because of the new study.

He said the youngest children should have no exposure to screens unless it’s for communication purposes, like Skype or FaceTime.

For young children who are a little more developed, screen time should be limited to communication and learning activities.

“Limit the amount of screen time and be thoughtful about how we use the technology to be more appropriate for the age group,” Cardenas said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A DUI suspect drove down a 200-foot embankment in Cottonwood before a second DUI suspect was arrest...

KTAR.com

Arizona DUI suspect’s car careens down 200-foot embankment before 2nd DUI suspect arrested

A DUI suspect drove down a 200-foot embankment in Arizona on Saturday morning before another DUI suspect attempted to evade police at the crash area, authorities said.

23 minutes ago

Split panel image of the front of an Albertsons grocery store on the left and a Kroger plastic bag ...

Kevin Stone

Arizona joins federal lawsuit to block merger of grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons

Arizona is part of a federal lawsuit filed Monday to block the controversial merger of Kroger and Albertsons, two of the nation’s largest grocers.

1 hour ago

The eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain freeway was closed in Phoenix on Feb. 26, 2024, for a fatal c...

KTAR.com

Eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway closed in Phoenix for fatal wrong-way crash

The eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain freeway was closed in Phoenix on Monday for a fatal wrong-way crash, authorities said.

2 hours ago

Mugshot of Jill Houchens, who was arrested Feb. 19, 2024, on 146 counts of animal abuse and neglect...

KTAR.com

Arizona woman arrested on nearly 150 animal abuse and neglect charges

An Arizona woman faces nearly 150 charges after more than 20 animals, including five that were dead, were removed from her property earlier this month, authorities said.

3 hours ago

Sun at high noon over a prison....

SuElen Rivera

Man sentenced to over 5 years for coordinating drug smuggling into Arizona

A man was sentenced last week to over five years in prison for his role in coordinating drug smuggling into Arizona, authorities said.

4 hours ago

Blurry photo of an ambulance with lights on at night...

KTAR.com

1 teenager killed, another seriously injured in rollover collision in Phoenix

One teenager was killed and another was seriously injured in a rollover collision in northwest Phoenix early Sunday, authorities said.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

Valley doctor warns too much screen time could affect young kids’ brains