In this day and age of modern technology where gadgets and tablets are commonly used by adults and even kids, many parents set rules and restrictions in their kid’s screen time as it has an impact on child education. According to AAP (American Association of Pediatrics), toddlers should avoid watching television or using any kind of mobile devices. As for older kids, they should not exceed two hours of screen time on a given day.
Since kids are not physically active while on their smartphones or TV, it can lead to obesity and other social and psychological concerns.
Since kids are not physically active while on their smartphones or TV, it can lead to obesity and other social and psychological concerns. This sedentary lifestyle among kids affects their physical education and social skill set. More screen time also means less or even no time for interaction with other kids, affecting the learning process of children.
Some may argue that there are numerous apps and shows that promote good values and can aid in child education. But you will notice that kids nowadays spend a lot of time on their gadgets and TV. Do parents even manage their kids’ screen time? How can they be sure that their kids learn a lot from watching TV or using their smartphones?
Parents want only the best for their kids. Many invest in an education savings plan as soon as possible to ensure that their kids will have the best quality education possible. But if the use of TV and gadgets is inevitable, it is up to the parents to enforce some ground rules when it comes to screen time.
Here are some suggestions on how to manage your kid’s screen time:
- Don’t use devices with screens as a diversion.
- Come up with creative games so they’ll be motivated to play outside.
- Set time to use screen devices. Two hours a day isn’t bad at all. Just be tough in implementing this rule.
- Make sure that the rule applies to every member of the household.
- Supervise your kids’ usage of mobile devices. Check the sites that they’re visiting.
- Screen time for kids aged two years and below is a no-no.
- Set a “NO SCREEN TIME DAY” every week.
- Watch television together so you can monitor what they’re watching.
- Do not put a television in your kid’s bedroom.
Screen time can be beneficial to your kid’s learning, but what we’re trying to avoid is too much screen time that other aspects of growth and development are affected.
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