STRIKE A SCREEN TIME BALANCE
The emotional and mental consequences of too much screen and general media exposure is a problem too, says Tamryn. “I am seeing an increase in very young children who are accustomed to getting things their own way, immediately, and who genuinely have difficulty with emotional skills, such as controlling frustration, tolerance and delayed gratification.
“Interaction with technology − especially at a young age − results in a quick, engaged response, which is usually dramatically reinforced by sound, colour and visual excitement. Real-world play requires intrinsic motivation – where the child is motivated to move, use his senses, adjust to the physical environment and engage in trial-and-error behaviour that may, or may not, result in success.