We live in a modern age. An age full of smart phones, tablets, computers, video games and television. Both children and adults are becoming increasingly addicted to screens and it’s having an adverse effect on our health and social skills.
Moderation of screen time is necessary for a child’s healthy brain development and staying active. This is because, when watching TV or playing video games, kids will miss out on playing with peers, friends or parents. Moreover, research has found that the ideal screen time limits are:
- 0-2 years: No screen time
- 3-6 years: 0.5 – 1 hour per day
- 7-11 years; 1 hour
- 12-15 years: 1.5 hours
Further research suggests the following:
- Watching TV and playing on devices gets in the way of children exploring, playing and interacting with grown-ups and their peers – all of which encourage learning and healthy physical and social development
- Screen time inhibits creativity. Studies have shown that children need to feel boredom in order to get creative! Screens often fill a void when kids complain of ‘being bored’
- As children get older, too much screen time can interfere with physical activity levels, reading, doing homework, playing with friends and spending time with family.
- Children who consistently spend too much time watching TV and using devices are more likely to be obese or overweight.
(Source: Nermours | Children’s Health Foundation https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/5-healthy-goals/reduce-screen-time/)
Source: The Impact of Screen Media On Children: A Eurovision For Parliament – Dr Aric Sigman)