The unfortunate reality of modern childhood is that it involves more screen time than playtime. Children at very young ages are spending more time than ever immersed in screens📱.
If children are happy and content using screens and parents get a bit of a break, then whats the issue?
The issue is that with too much exposure to screens, children and not getting enough time to play, learn, interact with others or sleep, which in turn effects their mental wellbeing, physical health and overall development.
SO, WHAT DO WE DO?
This question pops into my mind everytime my 2 year old asks for my phone.
Technology is an inescapable part of our kids world. Unless you live off the grid in the jungle, there's no way to shield your kids from the screens they encounter everywhere, seemingly from birth. Nor is there a need to (I feel).
The fact is, they have been born into the midst of a technological renaissance thats shown no sign of slowing down.
Nowadays, #screentime is a little like junk food. We know too much is bad for us but we still guiltily partake, and are embarrassed to admit how much our children do too.
For our toddler, what started as curiosity towards an ipad or a phone soon turned into full fledged facination.
We soon realized the power that screen time held for such an inquisitive young mind. Yet we dint cut her off completely because, lets be honest, there are times when screen time is simply a life saver. (Especially when you have 2 kids, 2 and and under 2)
There is no doubt that screen time has some value. Our children have access to vast world of knowledge and endless learning opportunities at their fingertips. My daughter (and I know all other kids), absorb content like a sponge. She knew her letters, numbers, colours and shapes- all by the time she was around 20 months. #mashaallah .
Having said that, I am not denying the downsides of screen time. When overused, its way more harmful for kids than beneficial.
So its all about the RIGHT BALANCE..
Nevertheless, we should instill some discipline in our kids.
I have a few tips that we have found helpful.
I shall share them in my next post.
Let me know ur thoughts on this.