The maximum screening time recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics has reduced. In the month of November, the screen time for children who are under five got reduced to just one hour a day. It has been advised that digital media should be avoided at all costs for babies under the age of 18 months.
Parents of today’s world want to provide their children with every modern facility. This can give an advantage to the children to succeed in today’s competitive world. Even at an early age, it has become common for kids to gain access to computer tablets like iPads.
This has become a common choice that has globally increased. However, access to such things does not guarantee a successful future. Increasing evidence has been found that allowing kids access to computer tablets at an early age may be counterproductive.
On the other hand, children who are permitted to spend less ‘screen time’ seem to succeed later on in life. They seem to do better at learning the creative, cognitive, and social skills necessary to increase their efficiency and productivity.
SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS STARTS EARLY, INCREASES WITH AGE
“Digital Natives” are the term given to today’s generation of young parents. They are in their mid-thirties or are found to be even younger. They are the ones who grew up using computer technology since childhood.
This may be the reason why they are increasingly comfortable incorporating screen-based technology. They do this as a part of day-to-day parenting.
Here are some examples which may be familiar to you:
The kids are sitting in the back during a long road trip and are getting cranky. What do you do? You pop in a DVD and watch it on multiple screens.
Your newborn toddler won’t stop crying and is restless? What do you do? The best solution for you now is to put him/her in a bouncy seat. The bouncy seat has a nice built-in frame designed to hold an iPad device. There, problem solved.
The soft blue glow and smooth, hard feel of smartphones and tablets have become like home to the children. Millions of babies are getting hooked to it. They have become addicted to such devices from early childhood and it’s easier said than done to remove the habit.
Hours of Screen Time Found According To Different Studies
2 -5 years olds 2.2 hours per day
Pre-Schoolers 4.1 – 4.6 hours per day
8 -18 years olds 7.5 hours per day.
On an average according to research studies, it’s indicated that nearly 30% of infants under the age of 12 months are already watching TV and videos for 90 minutes a day.
64% of them by the time they are of age two are of them watching TV or videos. They are doing it for slightly more than two hours a day.
The kids have become very much addicted to technologies in general. In other words, even if children stop using computer tablets like iPads, they still spent time watching TV and videos. It actually increases the overall number of hours kids are watching screens each day.
When young kids start using computer tablets worryingly the time spent watching TV and videos remains unaffected. Using computer tablets like iPads doesn’t seem to cut down on time spent watching TV and videos; it actually increases the overall number of hours kids are watching screens each day.
WHY SHOULD YOU PUT AWAY COMPUTER TABLETS LIKE iPADS WHEN IT CONCERNS CHILD DEVELOPMENT?
Researches have been compiled by the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood. These researches should concern the parent when it concerns their children using computer tablets such as iPads:
Screen Time for Kids who are two or below is banned
They have recommended no more than 1 to 2 hours of screen time a day for kids of age three and up. The American Academy of Pediatrics said that children under the age of two should not have access to screens at all.
Social Behavior and Performance at school
The children who do not use computer tablets are found to be performing better in school according to research. They develop their skills concerning learning and attention-grabbing. This also causes fewer social problems.
Sleeping Issues May Occur Because of Computer Tablets
The children who did not use computer tablets were able to fall asleep faster and sleep longer with fewer problems compared to those children who used tablets, according to studies. Proper sleep is absolutely essential for mental development and cognitive learning. This also can help reduce the risk of weight gain and diabetes.
Habits That Can Last a Lifetime
It is found that those children who do not use computer video games exhibit higher rates of curiosity than those children who form have addictions to passive video games. This has been indicated by various researches. These habits can last into adulthood as well.
Proper nutrition is absolutely necessary for child development. Children who don’t have much access to computer tablets have been found to have better nutrition and eating habits.
Amount of Physical Exercises
Exercise is crucial for physical development and mental well-being. The children get more exercise if they don’t use computer tablets often.
For Development, Play Is Necessary
Passive screen for watching is not a substitute for play in children. The researches have concluded that playing is in turn a critical tool for mental and social development.
Watching Sexualised Content and Violent Images
In many computer games and videos there is exposure to violence and sexualized content. It is associated with poor academic performance in school.
Adults Having Positive Influence
If the amount of screen time is reduced for children they appear to have more time for creative play with family members and caring adults.
WHAT ARE THE WAYS THAT CAN ENHANCE YOUR CHILD’S ABILITY BY PLAYING
1. Motor manipulation and strength can be improved.
2. Spatial thinking and Reasoning can be developed.
3. Creative Thinking and Imagination can increase in children and they can develop stories.
4. It can help develop problem-solving skills.
5. Having better insight in subjects like physics, mechanics and mathematics.
6. It encourages cooperation and sharing social skills.
7. It can help build self-esteem.
8. It helps in establishing self-expression and maintaining individualism.
9. Potential career and hobby interests can be identified.