If you’re feeling like you might need to do a phone detox, try looking at how much time your kids are also spending in front of a digital screen. Modern parenting has somehow delegated much to digital devices the important task of educating, guiding, and even babysitting our young children.
While it has its own benefits, kids do not yet have the capacity to wean themselves off if they’re becoming too dependent on these devices – even addicted – nor do they have the rationality to become aware of the negative impacts it may have on their behavioral and social skills.
Here are some important reasons why you should limit your kids’ screen time:
1. Lack of social contact
Every parent has at one point or another let a cellphone babysit their children whenever they’re dining out or other social gatherings, to keep them occupied. What this does is they will prefer the screen over interacting with other children or adults. They tend to retract from the world around them, and some studies are looking at how this may contribute to them developing anxiety and depression.
2. Lack of outdoor activities
A kid who is screen dependent is usually lethargic. They wouldn’t want to go outside and indulge in any physical game or sports. Lack of exercise among children can possibly hurt their brain’s development and impair its proper functioning.
3. Eye defects
Continued and prolonged screen use can result in eye fatigue, blurred vision, double vision, and dry eyes. Children who overuse digital devices can develop eye problems at a very young age.
4. Bad posture
As they hunch over mobile phones or tablets or even lie down in several different postures to watch the screen in long durations, their posture may be affected.
5. Delayed development among toddlers
Kids, toddlers most especially, need enough physical activities for them to practice their spatial, motor, and visual skills. Replacing these physical activities with digital screens can negatively impact their cognitive development and result in some delays.