The use of screens in different forms, e.g. television, cellphones, tablets, laptops and video game monitors is a growing phenomenon worldwide. Without doubt, the new technology has immense benefits like help in acquisition of knowledge, communication, social networking etc. But any new technology has its downside if used unwisely, and the same holds true for digital media. The growing incidence of online and offline addictions and behaviors like cyberstalking, cyberbullying and webcam sex tourism are a testimony to this imminent danger.
The Indian Psychiatric Society, in keeping with its objectives, and in an endeavor to educate the public on the harmful effects of the cyberspace has come out with the following “Recommendations For Screen Use” for different age groups. Following these recommendations will go a long way in helping an individual reap the benefits the cyberspace offers, without suffering the potential ills that an inappropriate use of this technology can lead to. Readers may notice some variations from similar recommendations made by different international bodies, which is inevitable. We have attempted to incorporate recommendations backed by research, wherever possible. An attempt is also made to give clear recommendations without ambiguity, to make it easier for the readers to implement.
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