Study shows kids glued to the screen

Time spent staring into a tablet computer screen means children are not building social and communication skills.

Time spent staring into a tablet computer screen means children are not building social and communication skills.

THE majority of 12 and 13-year-olds are spending one third of their weekends staring at a screen, according to a new study.

Released recently, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) tracked the screen habits of 4000 pre-schoolers through to their teens over the past decade, with the report revealing a steady increase in time spent watching television, on computers and playing electronic games.

The 12-to-13 age bracket topped the list of most time spent looking at a screen, with tweens glued to an electronic device on average three hours each weekday and about eight hours across weekends.

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