It has been revealed that children now crave more for screen time with tablets and phones than with sugar and sweets.
A new study found that 43% of the 7,000 parents surveyed across Europe are concerned that overuse of technology is detrimental to their children's sleep patterns. The research also suggests that parents are increasingly struggling to tame the tech habits of their children.
One of the main findings of the study was that a large proportion of parents (38%) fear that using tablets and phones will harm their children's social skills, while 32% feared it would affect their children's mental health.
Based on the findings of the study, it was revealed that children now crave longer screen time with tablets and phones than with sugar and sweets. Children now spend more time on a screen than interacting with other people and playing outdoors.
Parents fear they are to blame for setting a bad example with their own overuse and encouraging the use of gadgets to keep their children entertained and quiet in certain situations.
Nick Shaw, general manager of Norton Europe who conducted the study, said in a statement: "Modern education is not easy. The old challenges of getting kids to eat their vegetables, go to bed on time and do their homework are still there there, but there is an additional layer of technology that parents have to navigate. "
He added: "We should all be aware of how much time we spend online and address the issue of excessive time on the screen, with parents setting a good example."
We've put together some tips on how you can reduce your children's screen time.
- Set screen time limits.
- Set certain times of day for the use of the screen.
- Talk to your kids about the damage associated with overuse of the screen so they understand why they can not have access all the time.
- Offer alternatives to children for entertainment.
- Realize that boredom is fine and children will begin to use their imagination. They do not need to be constantly entertained.
- Allow only the use of screen in common spaces so you can keep a closer eye. (Do not use in room, game room etc)
- Lead by example.