Date: August 13, 2018
In her book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life, Anya Kamenetz asks questions about screen time. How toxic is it for kids to be spending time on gadgets? Is it totally toxic like smoking, which has no safe minimum dose? Or is it more like food, which is only harmful if you have too much or the wrong type?
Some experts reckon it’s totally harmful. Until not long ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended zero screen time for kids under the age of two. (By the way, that advice has since changed, and was ignored by nine out of 10 parents anyway)!
More recent, researched opinions think screen time is more like food. The right food in the right amounts can be beneficial. But excess consumption and the wrong type of screen diet can have a negative impact.
Many parents try to set limits on screen time for their young children and do pretty well. But by adolescence, New Zealand 15 year olds average 163 minutes online outside school each weekday (up from 98 minutes in 2012*). How can that be healthy?
Can I suggest going for a balanced diet? If your kids are:
• getting enough sleep
• doing chores
• playing sport
• mixing with friends
• spending time with family
• relaxing away from technology
• being active
Then they probably aren’t going to be hurt by using the computer for a while. Stay in touch with your kids, stay on side, keep talking and negotiate boundaries for a healthy screen diet.
Article sourced from: https://www.theparentingplace.com