Careful, you’ll go cross-eyed!
Video games have been shown to offer significant benefits for children like tightening hand-eye coordination, but that doesn’t mean we want our children glued to the TV all summer long—or worse, vegetating in the comments section of YouTube. When it comes to screen time, moderation is key. Studies show that excessive screen time can lead to sleep disorders, obesity, and attention deficit. Check out these tangible tips to help your children cut down while still allowing them to have some fun.
Set up screen free zones— that means no computers, tablets, or video games in your children’s bedrooms.
Limit quantity. Remember the bit about moderation? Set a reasonable limit of 1 to 2 hours of screen and internet time for children and teens.
Turn it off for dinner! Your evening meal is important family time, and celebs or talking cartoon animals have no place intruding. Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute We’ve all taken our phones out during dinner or sent a quick text(s) when we should have been listening to our real-life conversation counterpart; we’ve checked the weather during a movie at the theater; we’ve uploaded that gorgeous snap of our picnic food to Instagram when we should be focusing on the beauty of nature all around us.
If things have gotten out of hand, pack up the family for a vacation to Green Bank, West Virginia—Wi-Fi and cell phones are illegal there. It’s not that they’re anti-technology, though. Green Bank is actually quite high-tech. The quaint town is home to the world’s premier highfrequency telescope which is used for listening to galaxies explode at the edge of the universe. The sounds are so faint, radio frequency emissions from Facebook chats and Google queries simply drown them out. While Green Bank inhabitants live sans Wi-Fi, we learn more and more about how the Milky Way was formed.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in being “connected” without really connecting.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics