PERKS OF TECHNOLOGY
- Enhance your learning abilities
- Encourage self reliance/independence
- Increase communication from infant to toddlers
- It can definitely entertain, capture great memories of family time and increase access to various sight words or reading material that may otherwise have been neglected.
NEGATIVES OF OVEREXPOSURE
- Decreased physical activity
- Less social interaction amongst family and peers
- Weaker emotional bonds
- Desensitization from extreme content
- Less patience (hello DVR and fast forward, my kids are always asking me to fast forward and have zero patience with commercials)
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use, except for video-chatting, by children younger than 18 to 24 months. If you want to introduce digital media to children ages 18 to 24 months, make sure it's high quality and avoid solo media use. For children ages 2 to 5, limit screen time to one hour a day of high-quality programming. As your child grows, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work as well. You'll need to decide how much media to let your child use each day and what types of media are appropriate.
Again, we briefly mentioned this above but Why people use screen time?
- Distract kids if you need to get something done
- Educational/ learning tool
- Family fun time (movie night)
Why we should decrease screen time?
(From Mayo Clinic we can look through and paraphrase) Unstructured playtime is more valuable for a young child's developing brain than is electronic media. Despite the fact that many digital media programs claim to be educational, children younger than age 2 are more likely to learn and remember information from a live presentation than they are from a video.
By age 2, children can benefit from certain types of screen time, such as programming with music, movement and stories. However, passive screen time shouldn't replace reading, playing or problem-solving. Co-view with your child to help your child understand what he or she is seeing and apply it in real life.
Also, it's crucial to monitor the shows your child is watching and the games or apps he or she is playing to make sure they are appropriate. Avoid fast-paced programming, which young children have a hard time understanding, apps with a lot of distracting content, and violent media. Eliminate advertising on apps, since young children have trouble telling the difference between ads and factual information.
As your child grows, keep in mind that too much or poor quality screen time has been linked to:
- Irregular sleep schedules and shorter duration of sleep
- Behavioral problems
- Loss of social skills
- Less time for play
HOW TO CREATE RESPONSIBLE SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS
- Create a Summer Time Screen Time Checklist - (refer to pinterest board)
- OR Technology Tickets - You give each kid 12 tickets and they can be used for a variety of screens in an allotment of 30 minutes. Once they are gone, that is it! They can get them taken away if not adhering to certain rules, or if they are having various behaviors.
- UNPLUG - once a month just choose a day, or a weekend and commit to completely unplugging.
- Try the 1 to 5 ratio. For ever 1 minute of tech time, you should engage in 5 minutes of social interaction, playing, reading, etc.
- Quit cold turkey (If you do this you will want to have some fun activities lined up so the kids wont even notice that they aren’t watching TVs or using iPads.
- No computer, iPad, TV in kids rooms “screen free” zones-this also helps to be able to monitor what your kids are looking at. (My oldest daughter Claire actually asked me if she could have a TV in her room. And I said “No we don’t need TVs in our rooms and she's like “But Mom you have one in your room!” Haha she had me there) We were’t allowed to have TVs in our room going up because my Mom thought that if you are going to watch TV you can at least be in the same room.)
- Family dinners (no TV or tech at dinner time)
- No TV or devices during homeworkOR from say 6-8pm at night
- Require kids to charge their devices in another room at night
- Use less screen time yourself
ONE WAY TO BREAK THE TANTRUM that may come after taking the electronic away …
We side step…
- Talk about what you get to do instead. Hey, we get go outside or ask what they want for their next snack or meal… or even what color is a banana? It works…
- Let them know this isn’t forever and that they will get to play again
- Explain WHY: When they get upset Discuss why you are taking it away instead of saying, because I said so and I make the rules around here… In stead explain the timeframe in which they’ve been on it and how it compares to the time they spend doing other things like playing, reading
- OR just tell them (if they are young) that it will rot their brain. They believe anything you say when their young…..
- Activities to do instead of having screen time? (Busy activites)
- Cardboard box
- Busy bags (found on pinterest)
- Exercise (park, hiking, just run around outside) - leap frog, red rover, kick ball
- Crafts ( I always start the day with what do you want to do today girls? and they NEVER say tv. It is either a craft or go somewhere or do something fun, so why should I cater to a tv that they don’t ultimately want to watch more than doing something super engaging with their family)
- Check out episode 19 all about 50 Fun things to do this summer!
“We’re getting so pulled in by computers and technology, and our kids have their faces in computers all day. The human relationship is being diminished by this” -Lenny Kravitz
Louis CK on refusing to let kids preoccupy themselves with cell phones “i don’t let ‘em have it. Yeah, it’s east. Just say, ‘No you can’t have it; it’s bad for you’ But ‘I want it,’ “I don’t care what you want’
“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” - Albert Einstein
“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master” - Christian Lous Lange
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