Screen time for kids – how to deal with it
WHO’s recommendations are supported by some psychological research that amongst others concluded that babies cannot grasp the often fast pace on TV and the stimulation becomes too high for babies to sort out and thus often become distressed.
The fact that the world’s population, especially in the western part of the world, is growing more obese is also partly due to the screen time phenomenon of today.
And to top it up it can be hard as a parent to monitor what your children watch and do when on the Internet and the chances are that your child will see something disturbing and not age-appropriate. Being exposed to violence on screen is known to lower the sensitiveness towards real-life violence and desensitizes a person’s helpfulness towards others. This is shown even when exposed to violence on a screen for only a few minutes.
With that said research has also found that educational games and videos can increase a child’s learning development, for some children this form of learning is better than traditional learning. It can enhance our attention control and is a great tool to limit the stimulations for children finding it hard with too many stimuli such as ADHD and ADD.
As always, the research and ‘facts’ are contradictory and confusing. What is best for children?
that it was better before. It just doesn’t work that way. It just isn’t always that simple. It’s not possible to remove the human in you. And it’s not possible to reverse time!
Screens will not disappear, it’s here to stay and it’s not the devil’s device, it’s not evil or solely bad.
Screens can be used as a tool, it can help and ease. Just because the older generations didn’t grow up with it doesn’t mean it’s bad. The world is developing and evolving and today’s parents face a completely new set of challenges that is both confusing and complex.
So I’ll say it again and again, do what works for you. Only you know what you need. Do what you need to in order to be the best version of yourself. That way, you will be more present, you will see your child for who he/she is, be more open, more receptive, and thus be a better parent.
With that being said, screen time can both be good and bad depending on what you do with it. Use it wisely with both you and your child in focus.