The Positive And Negative Effects Of Screen Time On Children

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96% of families have at least one television in their house (Bigner & Gerhardt, 2014). It is very important for parents to interact with their children face to face. The use of screen time eliminates this possibility because the television and other screens are a distraction to anyone who is watching. Technology has changed significantly in the last fifteen years and has developed more software that is “kid friendly” (Albaiz, Ernest, Essa,Newton, & Sharkins, 2015). Parents need to reduce the amount of time that their children look at screens. It can be very hard to do this because a majority of the population is already addicted to screens. Since screens are such a necessity in our lives, it is almost impossible to escape them. Today, anywhere …show more content…
For example, if the parent is trying to make dinner and the child is trying to get the parents attention, the parent can sinply turn on a television show and the child will sit there quietly and watch the show, but by doing this the parent is taking away the opportunity for the child to learn. A child can learn in this situation simply by helping the parents get the food together or handing the parents the ingredients that they need to make dinner. This is much more effective for the child’s brain development. Parents who let their children help out with household chores will not only distract the child from the screens that they are addicted to, but it will also help them in many stages of development as well. Screen time can actually be harmful to children. Overexposure to screen time can lead to many problems such as attention problems, problems in school, and also problems with eating and sleeping (Media and Children, 2016). It can also cause certain diseases as well as some other forms of sedentary behavior (Napier, 2013). Most people do not even think about the fact that exposure to screens can be a health risk because people use them all day long. People should limit the amount of screens that they look at each day and they should be measuring how many hours and minutes of screen use is consumed by their child each day (Napier, …show more content…
Putting a baby in front of a screen is then blocking the opportunity for the parents to interact with the baby, and therefore the baby is not learning the social cues that will later help them in other developmental stages of their life. For children and adolescences ages three to eighteen years old screen time should be limited to no more than two hours a day. Children two years old and younger should not be given any screen time at all (Summers, 2014). Research states that early school age children should be exposed to very limited screen access in the classroom. This means no computers and using a white or chalk board instead of a smart board (Albaiz, Ernest, Essa,Newton, & Sharkins, 2015). A lot of middle school aged children attend overnight camps during the summer. At these camps, the campers are not allowed to have their phones for the entire summer and all summer these campers were completely fine without their technology and some of them even forgot that they had phones by then end of the summer because they were so used to face to face interaction (Summers,

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