Ef­fect of elec­tronic me­dia

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - WARDA NA­JAM

Re­search shows that ex­ces­sive use of elec­tronic me­dia can have neg­a­tive ef­fects on chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, fit­ness and their per­for­mance in school. When chil­dren spend a lot of time on elec­tronic me­dia, they spend less time on other ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing un­der­stand­ing and study­ing. Chil­dren who are ex­ces­sively me­dia users are more likely to do poorly in school. Young chil­dren’s TV ob­serv­ing lessens their in­ter­est in stud­ies and af­fects their be­hav­iour in school. More time with elec­tronic me­dia of­ten means chil­dren spend less time be­ing en­er­getic or play­ing out­side. Chil­dren may have trou­ble in en­joy­ing sound sleep, if they use me­dia in the even­ing or have a bed­room small screen.

Elec­tronic me­dia can pro­mote neg­a­tive ef­fects. We need to un­der­stand bet­ter how to re­verse the neg­a­tive im­pact of elec­tronic me­dia and make it more pos­i­tive. If you de­crease chil­dren’s time with elec­tronic me­dia, you can limit its neg­a­tive ef­fects. So par­ents should try to keep their chil­dren away from all types of elec­tronic me­dia de­vices. —Via email

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