Does your little one cry when you take away the iPad? Is there always a constant battle over the time on gadgets? Are your children demanding their very own phones at an early age?
Parenting has never been easy and to top it all, we are now faced with the issues of grappling with technology as well. In a day and age where it is almost impossible to even imagine a world without our smartphones and technological gadgets, it is now becoming increasingly difficult for parents to limit screen time for their children.
So how much time is too much when it comes to screen time? Are we losing our children to the internet and fancy gizmos? If we have ever asked ourselves these questions and have wondered how to draw a balance between real time and screen time, then as parents, we have understood that while technology can help us in so many ways, it is also responsible for a disconnect between family members.
Gone are the days when a simple walk to the park or a drive to the nearest grocery story would give our children a lot of joy. Nowadays, children turn to their devices like there is nothing else to do or mindlessly switch to gadgets at the drop of a hat. So why do we need to limit screen time amongst our children? A lot of research has been done on the harmful effects of excessive screen time. Linked to an impaired cognitive function, sleep disorders and a very short attention span, increased levels of screen time is known to damage the development of the brain.
Screen management is now, therefore, the talk of the hour and a lot of parents are now putting down rules and guidelines for themselves and their families when it comes to it. We have put together some broad guidelines for you to follow:
At the end of the day, remember, each family is different and the rules set in each house are also not the same as another. As long as the family is united in the desire to spend time together and bond with each other on a regular basis, it is fine. It is all about finding the right balance between screen time and family time and sticking to that balance wherever it is possible.
However, in the process, don’t forget to laugh, smile and have loads of fun!
With children out of school, physical distancing as the new norm, and children’s rights under threat, the new world order has “turned back the clock” on years of progress made on children’s well-being. However, it’s not all bad. As a human race, we’ve been built to adapt: we’ve seen a tipping point in technology-enabled education and the promise of a new education policy in our country.