If comic books were a science, we'd be raising modern-day superheroes by now. I don't yet have superpowers and neither does my boy. One thing's for sure though: technology fascinates kids. Phones, tablets, and other portable gadgets work like magic in catching a child’s attention and keeping them still and quiet.
But before you raise your disapproving eyebrows at me…. Let me ask: is too much tech turning our kids into real life X-men?
The Experts Say...
Studies show that too much screen time has detrimental effects on children’s physical, cognitive and social well-being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges “parents to keep tabs on their children's media use and limit screen time to no more than one to two hours of high quality programming” and screen time to be avoided altogether for infants and children under the age of two. I guess I should have read this two years ago, huh?
So unless you’re hanging on to the hope that your child will soon develop superpowers, here are three reasons why sticking to the two-hour rule is important...
Despite what Marvel may suggest in its films and comics, radiation exposure is hazardous to health. Gadgets with Wi-Fi switched on emit higher levels of radiation compared to those without. Different levels of radiation can lead to conditions such as sleep disturbance; fatigue; infertility; impaired attention, memory and motor function. Protect yourself from radiation by reading this.
More after the break...
Hindered Social Development
Ok, this is debatable. But how many of you have sat at a dinner where everybody is on their smartphones/tablets? Antisocial much?! The social network is developed to bring people closer together but it should not replace face-to-face human interaction. This video documents my point really well. I think off-screen communication, indulging in outdoor play, sports’ activities and the like with our kids is key to developing their social skills, and it strengthens the family bond.
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
I do find kids wearing glasses absolutely adorable. I’m no doctor, but not having 20-20 vision is a problem. Need I say more?
Obviously, all these new technologies have loads of benefits too: children have easier and faster access to information and books and there are more interactive and exciting games available these days. Perhaps I’ll write separately about this, but for now, I think the take away is keeping it in moderation.
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