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Siblings not engaging with each other whilst watching screens
6 children looking at screens whilst outside

Tech worries

Studies show children find it hard to regulate their own screen use – some young people who’s parents didn’t limit screens played video games for around 80 hours per week.

Few children are playing outside – only 27% of children now play out close to where they live compared to 80% in 1970.

Mum and child watching screens on sofa

Dopamine vs Serotonin

Dopamine is a brain chemical. It is released when we do something which gives us pleasure like eating chocolate, getting points in a video game or seeing people have liked our social media post. It gives us a nice, excited feeling.

Over time we have to do these things more and more in order to release the same amount of dopamine as we did when we first received a few likes, or points or bit of chocolate. These mean we want to do these things more and more…

Serotonin is also a brain chemical. When we have a nice amount of it we have a general feeling of well being. Serotonin builds slowly over time when we do things which are good for us like exercise, building friendships, learning a new skill or helping your community.

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