Screen Time and Problematic Internet Use among Children and Adolescents—Impacts on Physical and Mental Health

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X). This special issue belongs to the section "Child and Adolescent Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 206

Special Issue Editor

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Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York, New York, NY 11367, USA
Interests: adult and child psychopathology; psychosis proneness; social anxiety; social anhedonis; metacognition; obsessive compulsive disorders; binge eating; borderline personality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The significant role of technology in the education of children and adolescents is undisputed. The benefits of technology in providing digital literacy training to children are innumerable such as access to information and educational resources, and interactive and collaborative learning experiences for all regardless of distance and abilities. However, excessive, and unsupervised screentime can contribute to unhealthy living habits, reduced physical activity, poor physical fitness, and associated health issues in children and adolescents. Inappropriate screentime can also reduce social interactions, which can hamper social and emotional development. The need for future research to understand the specific conditions that will promote digital literacy while also minimizing its potential risks cannot be overemphasized. This Special Issue of the journal Behavioral Sciences represents a unique perspective on problems associated with screentime and Internet use in children and adolescents. While addressing factors of risk and vulnerability, and protection and resilience, the focus will be on the potential detrimental effects associated with excessive and unsupervised screentime.  Authors worldwide, working in the field of child and adolescent physical and mental health are invited to submit methodologically sound, high-quality papers for consideration for this Special Issue. Papers based on original research, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses addressing issues of mental ill health and psychological well-being, biological and psychosocial risk and protective factors, and interventional programs associated specifically with screentime and internet use are welcome. 

Dr. Usha Barahmand
Guest Editor

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  • screentime
  • child
  • adolescent
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • obesity
  • fitness
  • sleep
  • cognition
  • social anxiety
  • self-esteem
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • internet addiction

Published Papers

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