Why manage screen time? For this post, the emphasis is the effect of excessive screen time on children.
Screen time managemet is a challenge in a lot of homes. Many of us parents are concerned about the effects of excessive screen time on our children. Admittedly, screen time has become an integral part of our daily lives, and children are no exception to this trend. Many children have access to smartphones, tablets, and laptops at an early age.
Technology has its place in society. However, excessive screen time could affect a child's physical, cognitive, and social development. This post does not suggest the removal of screens but the need for caution.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children aged 2-5 years should have no more than one hour of screen time per day. And for older children, it should be limited and monitored. However, according to a 2015 report by Common Sense Media, children aged 8-12 years spend an average of six hours per day on screens, and teenagers spend an average of nine hours on screens. This overexposure to screens can lead to various negative consequences. And those figures are way more than these today.
What are the likely effects of excessive screen time, and why should we exercise caution?
What Are The Effects Of Excessive Screen Time on children?
There have been growing concerns that excessive screen time impacts the physical health of children. Many children lead a sedentary lifestyle, resulting in an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and other health problems. Additionally, staring at a screen for extended periods can lead to eye strain and headaches.
However, the effects of screen time go beyond physical health. There are other concerns about how excessive screen time affects children's mental health and development. Consider the following to help you decide to manage your child's use of screens.
Given these potential effects, why is managing the screen time of your child important. What can you do?
In conclusion, technology and screen time is here to stay. Screen time is benecial. But parents mindful of the potential effects on their children's physical, mental, and social development. By setting clear limits, encouraging other activities, monitoring content, being a role model, and using screen time wisely, parents can help their children develop healthy screen time habits.
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So, next time you read a story from a book to a child, you are not just reading words from a page, you are helping to shape a child's future. and it is a great investment. And while you are here, check out my books ages 3-8. Happy reading. And just to let you know that I get paid by Amazon.
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