The one word parents must keep in mind with regards to screen time of any type is balance. Children need to have a balance between technology and social interaction. When a child begins to substitute real life experiences for screen time this can be a red flag or can open the door for possible problems down the road.
Children of all ages crave our time and attention. Parents must also be careful to not substitute their one-on-one time and replace it with gadgets or screen time. After all, we are social beings first, and require certain basic needs to maintain a healthy, well-balanced life.
As an educator and parent, I have found that many children lack social interaction skills, and have difficulty relating to adults on many levels. We all are aware of the implications of being able to communicate in a variety of ways and the consequences of not mastering these skills. That being said, it is critical that parents stay alert to any excessive use of screen time.
When our child was younger, I noticed his personality would change when he watched too much TV. I knew then, that the amount of screen time was out of balance. We had to make changes that would ultimately engage his curiosity, his talents, and his creativity.
As a family we stepped up our involvement and worked together to enhance his passions and interests by engaging him in a variety of social activities, sports, travel, and experiences that were both rewarding for him and helped create memories for us.
So where do parents start? Sit down together as a family, and develop a plan of action. Be creative and welcome all ideas as you continue to grow together and build memories.
Champion Parenting, Inc.