An Up­side

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In­ter­est­ingly, the jury is still out in terms of cre­ativ­ity. “Ex­ces­sive screen time leaves less time for ac­tive, cre­ative play and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, but on the other hand, use of so­cial net­work­ing sites by teens could in­crease cre­ativ­ity through shar­ing artis­tic and mu­si­cal cre­ations us­ing blogs, pod­casts, videos and games,” Blaustein says.

The AAP notes that pro-so­cial me­dia (gen­er­ally con­sid­ered con­tent that can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on ado­les­cent be­hav­ior) can help strengthen their in­ter­per­sonal skills and help model em­pa­thy and eth­nic tol­er­ance.

“If there is one pop­u­la­tion that has ben­e­fited tremen­dously by the devel­op­ment of on­line me­dia, it is chil­dren with a hand­i­cap,” Ban­schick says. “It is a bril­liant, mirac­u­lous thing for chil­dren with autism, apraxia and other de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders. I have seen it work won­ders.”

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