Again and again, the American Academy of Pediatrics has told parents how harmful excessive screen exposure could be. According to them, toddlers who are one year old should not be exposed to screen at all, and those who are two to five should have limited screen time.
Psychologists have also advised parents to keep an eye on the child’s screen activities, especially social apps usage, cyberbullying has become more prevalent than ever.
However, parents find it challenging to adhere to screen-time limits because everything in our day to day lives is about the screen.
Here are a few benefits of limiting screen time for young ones
- Screen addiction is very harmful; it will hurt the child’s cognitive and mental skills. A screen time limit will ensure that they will get balanced screen time.
- When screens are off, they will play real-world games that involve running, jumping, and exercising. These physical activities will make them strong and healthy adults.
- When there is no screen-time limit, children spend their whole night playing games rather than sleeping. If screens are turned off, you can be assured that they will get an 8-hour sleep.
- You can give them some extra screen time as a reward if they get good marks, behave or do their chores on time.
- When children know that they have a specific time limit, they will think about using the given time and how to manage it. This will teach time management skills at an early age.
How to check screen-time and set a screen time limit on child’s devices
All device screens are harmful when used excessively by kids, but they also have their benefits. For instance, children can learn new things on the internet.
The youngest coder in the world is seven years old, and he learned all coding with the help of the internet guides and virtual tutors.
Here is how you can set a screen time limit for kids
1. Be strict
Once you have set a limit of 1 hour a day, then the child should not get more than that time. It is effortless to let the child watch cartoons or play games so that they don’t annoy you. But ultimately, this screen exposure through smartphones will be harmful. Try to stick to this limit and not give in to temptation.
2. Use parental apps
Teenagers are more rebellious when it comes to this; they will be angry and offended when you set a screen time limit for them. To avoid such fights, parents make use of parental apps like FamiSafe. The app will turn off the screen automatically once the time is up. With this app, the guardians can keep an eye on the screen activities of children, which can be anything social media apps to text messages.
3. No screens in the room
Children should not have TV screens or smartphones in their rooms at all. According to research, young ones who have screens in their rooms are obese, have problems sleeping, and don’t perform well in their school.
When you put a screen time limit on your child’s device, they may cry, try to argue with you, or even blame, but you have to remember that you are doing all this for their benefit. They don’t understand the harms now, but when they do, they will thank you.