The stigma around young people using TV and technology (computers, smartphones & gaming consoles) has been around for decades.

Parenting groups have warned that use should be carefully minimized for children and teens.

But perhaps there is no real reason to be so cautious?

There remains “little association” between technology use and mental health problems, a study of more than 430,000 10 to 15-year-olds suggests.

The Oxford Internet Institute compared TV viewing, social media and device use with feelings of depression, suicidal tendencies and behavioural problems.

It found a small drop in the association between depression and social media use and TV viewing, from 1991 to 2019,

There was a small rise in that between emotional issues and social-media use.