STRIKE A SCREEN TIME BAL­ANCE

Living and Loving - - CONTENTS -

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.

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