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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

A new documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, calls attention to the tragic effects excessive addiction to video games has on teenagers.  Although filmed in China, the subject matter has great relevance for parents all over the world. Children have been known to play for hours on end, often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake.

“While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis here, there’s no question that American youths are plugged in and tuned out of “live” action for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development. And it starts early, often with preverbal toddlers handed their parents’ cellphones and tablets to entertain themselves when they should be observing the world around them and interacting with their caregivers.”

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