It is the only question that haunts most parents nowadays. It is also a much debated topic. As technology moves through our lives continuously and rapidly, most parents wonder how much access children and young people should have to devices and devices. Increasing screen time among children has triggered various theories and studies.
As more and more kids get their hands on smartphones and tablets, researchers are busy investigating the effects of these devices on a child's brain and behavior.
In a report recently published in the BMJ Open Medical JournalResearchers indicated that screen time may not be as dangerous for children as parents originally thought. A strong but relieved statement to make, however, the story is a little more complicated than that.
Is a lot of screen time a bad thing?
Leaders in Children's Medicine The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health or RCPCH, have produced a guide for under 18s and their use of screen time. In short, the guide states that there is no good evidence that too much time in front of a screen is excessively toxic.
Previous studies have indicated a potential correlation between increased screen use and obesity and depression. However, the RCPCH refutes these claims, believing that the evidence does not fully support this hypothesis.
Led by the president of RCPCH, Prof. Russell Viner, the team did not focus on restricting screen time, but rather that devices prevented children from participating in other "real world" activities. Guide researchers have argued that smart device should not replace sleep, exercise and time with family.
Further, the devices should not be used an hour before bedtime, because the observed effects on sleep patterns. Excessive screen time can also worsen the poor habits in children, according to the study.
However, the study's lead as an official for health promotion for RCPCH, Dr. Max Davie argues that phones and tablets are actually a "great way to explore the world."
Dr. Max Davie wants to remove negative stigma or even guilt from parents by allowing their children to spend a lot of time on the devices. "We want to stop it and say" in fact, if you're okay and answered those questions (below) and you're happy, live and live your life and stop worrying, " say Davie.
O RCPCH provided a list of questions you should ask yourself to help you decide if you actually want to restrict your child's screen time.
- Is your family's screen time under control?
- Does the use of the screen interfere with what your family wants to do?
- Does the use of the screen interfere with sleep?
- Are you able to control snacks during screen time?
What do you think about limiting the time children spend on devices? Do you believe it has harmful effects?