A developing mind is an important phase of your child’s life. Children, especially under the age of 5, need to move around, explore and interact with the environment around them to develop their motor skills. It is when their brain is the most receptive to learn new skills and build communication pathways which will stay with the child forever. But this isn’t happening as kids these days are glued to their electronic screens and are getting exposed to the negative effects of the digital displays. Let’s go through some effects of too much screen time.
This question troubles every parent and the answer is not a simple one. Children these days are spending a lot of time with the screen. This eventually leads to parents to cut down on screen time.
Also, the advances in technology in the last decade mean that today’s parents are the first generation of parents who have to figure out ways to limit screen time for their kids.
Recently, in a new set of guidelines, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that we shouldn’t expose infants under the age of one to electronic screens. It further emphasizes that kids between the ages of 2 to 4 shouldn’t be given more than an hour of sedentary screen time every day. It further emphasizes that limiting it for children under the age of 5 will result in healthier adults.
However, the WHO warnings regarding the screen time were disputed by experts from the U.K. They claimed that the guidelines were based on poor evidence and failed to recognize that not all screen time was bad for children.
So, the question arises, yet again, how much screen time is too much for children?
Controlling a child’s screen time can be challenging. There are screens virtually everywhere. To complicate matters, some of this time can be educational for children and can contribute to social development.
Technology or media is not the bad guy. Ultimately, what kids are doing on the screen is much more important than how much time they spend on screens. Media can be a great teacher for kids. The internet is amazing. And today’s parents are lucky to have access to smart toys, gadgets, and educational tools than ever before. We just need to implement healthy screen time methods to get the benefits of the technology around us.
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