Guilt is never a great way to motivate anyone, and parental guilt is a particularly insidious form of it. As a psychotherapist and a parent, it's almost impossible to avoid. It is possible to know too much about the things that screw us up.

But of course the wisdom of psychological insight is so often retrospective. Making predictions is much harder. Which is why it continues to be hard to know exactly what to make of the "screen time" debate.

On April 24th the World Health Organization (WHO) released strict new guidelines about the use of screens (primarily tablets and

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