KIDS SCREEN TIME : HOW MUCH ?


Kids are increasing spending time on screens from School & classes to socializing, playing games and fun. But increase time being spend on screens, has the power too cause harmful consequences to your kids health, their emotions, and importantly the development of their brain.

Its therefore important to know how much screen time can be termed healthy and where lines have to be drawn and limits should be set . 


Healthy Screen Time?

Kids between 8 to 12, are spending 4 to 6 hours daily on screens, while teenagers time as much as 9 hours on daily basis. Its therefore responsible to understand, importance of setting screen time limitations based on age, ensuring screen time does not impact the child development.


AGESCREEN TIMESUGGESTION
0 to 18 months
Kids younger than 18 months should strictly be kept away from any screen time, only if they talking to family members on a video call.
Parents should motivate kids towards playing games that helps their positive mental development and increase partner child engagements and interactions.
18 to 24 months
Kids at this age should be strictly have screen time, limiting that to watching content of Education nature, under the presence of the parents or guardian.
We suggest to involve them in contact games that help with their motor skills, Kids can have some screen time, watching educational content but with a parent or caregiver.
2 to 5 years
Kids at this age can start to have recreational screen time but limited though, outside of education.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry recommends exposure of maximum of one hour on weekdays, which can be extended to three hours on weekend days.
Older than 5
A general rule of thumb that the parents / guardians should apply is that screen time must be observed and analyzed to ensure it doesn’t interfere with learning, physical activity, sleep, or their mental health and also relationships with peers and family.


Negative effects of too much screen time:

Lets start with basic common issues , that will occur if too much time ( age dependent) is spend of the screen.


Mental Growth , Behavior and learning problems in children
Today parents utilize TV or handover mobile phones to your kids, to keep them busy and calm, however in the process of forming a dangerous habit in the process.  Behavioral issues are found commonly in these kids that are exposed to increase screen time, that delay that development in mental abilities, vocabulary, communication and their emotional development.

Studies found.

that The type of media a child sees can also have an effect on their behavior, as children can imitate actions they see on TV as early as 6 months old
There are strong associations between violent media content and child aggressive behavior,".

Source: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/2536-screen-sense-what-the-research-says-about-the-impact-of-media-on-children-aged-0-3-years-old

Two-year-olds who watched more than three hours of TV per day were three times more likely to have a delay in their language development, compared with toddlers who watched less than one hour. This may be because children learn more easily from interacting with people and objects compared with a screen.

Too much screen time can also harm children's' and teens' mental health. Teens who used screens for 7 or more hours per day were twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety, compared with those who used screens for less than one hour.

Source : www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4365020/


Obesity: The impact on Body
The more time is spend on the screens, it means increased sedentary lifestyle, with no major activity in any from sitting to long hours to lying down. This increased non active lifestyle direct impacts risk of obesity in your kids, that is directly associated to chronic disease like heart disease, diabetes etc.
It’s a common behavior to keep snacking, when we are in front of the screen. This casual snacking ensures, one does not know the quantity he/she has consumed.
Studies have found out, when screen time of these kids was reduced by 50%, the consumed significantly lower calories, then those who were on 100% time.

Source : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18316661/

Sleep problems
Consistent use of Device , negatively affects sleep in both Children and also in adults  has been supported with "There is a growing body of evidences”  Electronic devices emit radiation, that are  blue lights. The blue lights posses the ability to lower your and your kid’s levels of melatonin, a hormone that is responsible to regulate your sleeping timezone from when you sleep and wake up.