Does your child not get up from the computer during the summer vacation?
Technology can be a great source of learning and entertainment for children. So, how should screen usage be according to age? Education Specialist Abdulkadir Özbek explained for you.
Advantages of technology
There are many benefits that children can derive from the use of technology. For example, computers can be used to do research, play math and intelligence games, and improve language skills. It is possible to contribute to personal development by watching documentaries or educational programs on television. Some video games even help develop skills such as hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, critical thinking, analytical thinking, etc.
Reasons to limit screen time
While these benefits are valuable, there are very important reasons why experts warn about screen time.
Sleep: Children watching an average of three to four hours of television a day can easily prolong screen time into bedtime. And exposure to intense blue light can seriously impair sleep quality by preventing the healthy secretion of sleep hormones.
Social interaction: When a person uses technologies such as computers, games, and TV, they do not interact with others. Because finding quality time can be difficult for many families, letting technology interrupt these moments is something parents want to avoid as much as possible. While it’s fun to have family movie nights or play a video game together, the reality is that screen time means less face-to-face interaction.
Attention: Studies have shown that too much screen time can be associated with attention problems. This is especially true for children who already have trouble paying attention or tend to act impulsively. Video games are the main focus of the study, although he states that any electronic media can have similar effects.
School: Children who watch a lot of television are more likely to have lower grades and read fewer books. In addition, research has shown that reducing children’s screen time can improve children’s health and grades.
Physical activity: More screen time has been associated with reduced physical activity and a higher risk of obesity in children.
Advertising and inappropriate content: Many television programs depict sex and violence, as well as stereotypes or the use of drugs and alcohol. Many ads also promote junk food and toys in powerful and appealing ways designed to make kids want these products.
What are the ways to limit technology?
Admittedly, it’s easy to just turn on the TV or let them play a video game when your kids complain that they’re bored. If you don’t want to harm your child by taking the easy way out, there are many options:
Don’t put a TV in your child’s room: Having a TV in the bedroom has been associated with a number of problems, including low test scores, sleep problems and obesity.
Help your child choose a video game or movie: The best way to find out what your child is watching or playing is to help him choose a movie or game or even play with him. Read reviews, watch previews, or ask other parents when choosing a new family movie or game. Above all, get to know your child and trust your own expert judgment and instincts about what is appropriate.
Opt for alternatives to tech-based activities: Find great ways to spend family time together without tech, like playing board games or having fun outdoors. Take great care to make eye-to-eye contact with them during these games and activities.