When it comes to entertaining children, it can seem that the easiest thing to do is to place them in front of the TV. Or, pass them the nearest smart device. However, many parents worry about how technology may affect their children. And, with research showing that children and technology should be monitored, there is room to worry. If you’re wondering how much technology is too much for your children, there are a few things you should consider.
You may wonder why it’s important to consider screen time for your child or children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there may be consequences for children using technology too much. Some of these consequences may include:
Certainly, technology and children cannot remain separate forever. And, in many cases, media and technology can be a great educational asset to children. However, it’s important to establish a healthy balance so that technology does not impact children negatively. For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children ages 2-5 spend up to one hour a day with technology. And, that utilized technology should be geared toward learning. Furthermore, the academy suggests that children ages 18 months to two years have no access to technological media. This is because children of this age learn most by watching humans react in person rather than on a screen.
One of the biggest concerns parents may have about children and technology is how it may affect sleep. An established sleep routine is important for healthy growth, mood management, and focus. So, it’s important to limit and balance time with technology so sleep is not affected. To do this, consider only allowing time with technology once all chores, family time, and routines are completed. And, establish a time that technology use must cease on a daily basis to combat children using media close to bedtime.
It’s easy to hand a crying child an Ipad or a phone to keep them from crying or becoming uneasy. However, a lack of this comfort helps children learn to combat their own boredom by finding things to do. And, allows them to deal with emotions they may not otherwise know how to handle without the comfort of their technology. Instead of using technology to calm a child, consider finding alternative outlets like talking about feelings, finding other things to do, and calming with deep breaths.
While you can balance media use at home, it may be challenging to know what your children may be doing at daycare and/or school. Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we understand that limiting technology with children is a benefit. So, we stimulate a child’s learning in other ways. If you’re looking for a structured educational environment for your child that takes into account media use and other concerns you may have as a parent, we invite you to come to tour our facilities! To make an appointment for a tour, contact us through our website today.