How are touchscreens affecting our toddlers?

Come along to a free family science day and interactive presentation that explores the science of increased touchscreen use by our little ones

Ten years ago, screen time was limited to TVs and computers. But today it includes smart phones, tablets, laptops and more – making parenting decisions around screens much more confusing.

On Tuesday 24 July at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, researchers from King’s College London and Birkbeck will introduce The Science of Screen Time – an event for the whole family to learn about how touchscreen use might affect our sleep, attention and development.

You’ll have the chance to discuss your views and experiences about toddlers’ touchscreen use with scientists, alongside drop-in activities for all the family including interactive games that compare real versus digital play, and a craft corner featuring emoji bracelets, post box messages, app stickers and much more.

Families will also have the chance to take part in the UK’s largest study on children’s touchscreen use. Drop in activities will run in two sessions, from 10am–12.30pm and 2–4.30pm.

The event is suitable for the whole family and tickets are FREE via this link.

Behind the screens – interactive science show

We also have a limited number of tickets for a one-off science presentation. This exciting and interactive show is led by the scientists running the UK’s largest study on touchscreen use in children – the TABLET (Toddler Attentional Behaviours and Learning with Touchscreens) project.

Join us as we peer behind the screens and explore the latest science on toddlers and touchscreens. The presentation will run twice during The Science of Screen Time day, from 11–11.30am and 3–3.30pm.

Tickets cost £3 (including booking fee) and are available here.