Policymaking Around Screen Time Needs More Data and High Quality Research

Andrew Zack
May 13, 2021
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When it comes to the policies that govern the relationship between technology use and the physical and mental health of children, the most effective laws are based on data from robust, longitudinal research.   

In the last year Americans have spent a record number of hours in front of screens for work, school, and fun. When these examples are negative and cause for concern, they should highlight the need for research rather than reactive regulation. If lawmakers want to pass effective and lasting policies, they should only use anecdotes to highlight areas that are also backed up by comprehensive evidence-based research.

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Andrew Zack

Andrew Zack is the Policy Coordinator for the Family Online Safety Institute, supporting policy and research work relating to online safety issues, laws, and regulations.