A child spends an average of 30 hours a week in front of a screen. Computers, digital tablets and smartphones seem to invade the visual and mental space of children, some becoming very dependent. The TV or tablet is not harmful in itself. You just have to use them in good intelligence.
With the influx of technology, parents have more decisions to make than ever before. Once, decisions regarding play revolved around when their child was old enough for toys with small pieces, and decisions regarding learning centered around whether or not they would choose to send their children to preschool. Now, they must decide if – and more likely, when – they will first expose their children to technology.
Screens and technology are huge aspects of children’s lives nowadays – read up on this informative column from Dr. Gramma Karen about excessive screen time in grandchildren!
Technology has improved everyone’s lives in many ways, but it also has its drawbacks. Over the last decade, exposure to smartphones, tablets, handheld video games, and laptops have become unavoidable. Mommybites acknowledges that “older” parents may not be as tech-savvy as younger generations. This results in many older parents being very cautious when it comes to their children using technology.
Now that Spring has arrived, does this sound familiar: You walk into the living room or den on a bright, sunny day only to find several heads bent down and staring into a little glowing screen? If you think about how much time your kids are spending with their tech, instead of outside getting fresh air and vitamin D from the sunshine, you might be worried. And you would have good reason to be.
I would love to say no TV time is best, but I know that can be tough. We need time. We want kids to be quiet and sit. We have things to do. There are also some things that we LIKE watching with our kids. So how much TV is the right amount?