Growing Up in The Digital age
TECHNOLOGY & YOUNG CHILDREN By- Diya Randhawa
Different screens a child might interact with & how?
- Playing with them
- Using their imagination to create real life situations
- Learn how to use a controller
- Meet other players
- Learn how to use a remote
Statistics & Screentime
What the Experts Say:
Australia’s Physical Activity Recommendations recommend that 5-18 year old's accumulate no more than 2 hours of screen time a day for entertainment should spend no more than 2 hours each day on screen entertainment and long periods of screen usage should be avoided even though computers, TV and other technologies can be valuable as a tool for education and learning, .
Guidelines for children under five have recommend that children younger than 2 years do not have any screen time and for children 2-5 years less than 1 hour per day.
Children are starting to use and own technology at a younger age
Technology is being utilised by them at all times and in every field
It is important for children to have a balance between "Screen-time" and other activities
The Positives of Screen Time Use with Young Children
Here are 10 ways children can benefit from technology and active screen time:
- Better Hand-Eye Coordination
- Improves Language Skills
- Promotes School Readiness and Cognitive Development
- Higher Capacity for Visual Attention
- Enhances Social Interaction Skills
- Increases Motivation to Complete Tasks
- Research Skills
- Develops Problem Solving Skills
- Expands Horizons
- Develops Skills and Talents
The Negatives of Screen Time Use with Young Children
Here are 7 ways technology can negatively effect children that have too much screen time:
- Sleep Deprivation
- Vision Problems
- Aches & Pains
- Loss of Face-to-Face Social Skills
- Attention Problems- Anxiety & Depression
Research has found that "screen time" can change our brains. It has to do with a chemical in our brain called dopamine. Scientists suggest that when we're using smart technology that chemical is released, that makes us feel happy, and it makes us want to use smart technology more often.
Why are the Recommended Suggested Screen Time use for Children in place?
Why Parents May Not Stick to Recommendations ?
- To distract the child
- Occupy the child
- For the educational value of technology
- To control a child's tantrum
Strategies to Overcome this:
- Remove the TV or computer from your child's bedroom.
- DO NOT allow TV watching during meals or homework.
- DO NOT let your child eat while watching TV or using the computer.
- DO NOT leave the TV on for background noise. Turn on the radio instead, or have no background noise.
- Decide which programs to watch ahead of time. Turn off the TV when those programs are over.
- Suggest other activities, such as family board games, puzzles, or going for a walk.
- Keep a record of how much time is spent in front of a screen. Try to spend the same amount of time being active.
- Be a good role model as a parent. Decrease your own screen time to 2 hours a day.
- If it is hard not having the TV on, try using a sleep function so it turns off automatically.
- Challenge your family to go 1 week without watching TV or doing other screen-time activities.
- Find things to do with your time that get you moving and burning energy
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- Psychology Today. 2013. Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain. [Accessed 5 June 2016]
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- Information- acquired from Diya Randhawa's Child Studies Book