Too Much Screen Time?
How Screen Exposure Affects Children
Technology has taken over
Even though it is easy and (seemingly) painless to give a child a tablet to play with, there are consequences that parents must consider. Screen time is not damaging in moderation, but when it is overwhelmingly present in a child's life, there are many issues that arise.
Excessive screen time leads to obesity
Parents must change
Too much screen time has severe effects!
There are alternatives!!
Children who are physically inactive generally spend more time in front of a monitor than their physically active peers. Physical inactivity is a result of large amounts of screen time (Sandercock, Ogunleye, & Voss, 2012, pp.977-984). Instead of staying inside, children should be encouraged to exercise and participate in physical activity.
What should be done?
- Stay active
- Have minimal exposure to screens
- Play outdoors
- Utilize indoor alternatives (i.e. board games, card games)
- Read books instead of watch T.V.
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