Trying to imagine a world where technology does not exist is practically impossible. The digital age has made gadgets an indispensable component of our lives. The case is no different for children, with statistics suggesting that children aged 8 to 10 spend an average of six hours a day in front of a screen.
While there is no denying the advantages of technology, excessive amounts of screen time could negatively affect a child's growth and development. The critical period is a specific time frame that starts from early infancy, which plays a pivotal role in molding the functional properties of the brain through environmental influences and experiences. Unfortunately, you can’t explain to a child why they should reduce their screen time, because let’s face it, they don’t care about how it’s going to affect the functional properties of their brain.
Instead, you can try these five ideas to help limit gadget usage, while promoting a fun-filled learning environment.
One : It’s called the great outdoors for a reason. From splashing in puddles to making mud pies, there are endless activities you can keep your child engaged with outdoors.