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Experts are still researching what effects too much screentime can have on you.

But one thing we do know is that screentime should be balanced with doing other things.

Research has shown that spending too much time on our devices can sometimes lead to problems with our physical and mental health.

It’s not about giving up screens altogether. It’s about making sure that you do other things as well. And just using your device for the things you really need it for.

Staying Still

If you spend all the time watching screens sitting on your bed or on the sofa, your body isn’t going to get enough physical exercise. Getting active can help your mental health because it releases chemicals within your body which make you feel good.

There are some great websites and apps out which can help you to stay active. Screentime doesn’t have to mean sitting down all the time.


Looking at your screen before bed can stop you from falling asleep as quickly or as deeply as you normally would. Your screen gives off blue light, and that can stop your body producing something called Melatonin as quickly as it normally would.

Melatonin is what makes your body relax and start to fall asleep. So if you don’t get it as quickly, you’re going to be awake longer. This can leave you feeling tired and maybe even grumpy. It might even be harder for you to focus on what you are doing.

“Because a screen is bright and flashy, it can keep you stimulated throughout the night. It can make you think it’s day-time which can keep you up. It can be hard to get to sleep.” Brodie, aged 11

Content Control

When you are online you don’t always have control over what you see. You might watch a video or see a news story that upsets you. Or you could read comments on social media or online games that you don’t like.

All of these can have a negative impact on your mental health. Sometimes without you even realising.

Top tip

“Be safe. Don’t add people you know. Don’t text people you know. Block people who make you feel worried.” Liam, aged 9

How Screentime Can Affect Your Mental Health

How Screentime Can Affect Your Mental Health


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