I admit it. Sometimes I call on the babysitter (aka iPad or TV) and let the kids’ minds just melt. I have to get things done and if I want to get anything done with them in presence, I give in and let an electronic babysit for a little bit. Recently though, I’ve noticed that the kids become a bit…agitated and rude. I thought it was a coincidence at first and I would point it out to them. Then it become more consistent. I thought – no, it can’t be. Just my imagination. They need to just go outside and play for a bit.
So, I would turn off the TV and/or the iPad and shoo them outside into the backyard. They would be grumpy and fight me on it at first but maybe a little more than 5 minutes later, they were having a great time! Strange, right?
Then this article from Psychology Today came out. While I do not believe my children have any emotional or behavioral issues, I think the point of the article is that we probably should decrease screen time. It’s been said before but now with additional information. I understand that kids learn in different ways so, as always, moderation is key.
Here are the 6 effects they talk about.
- Screen-time disrupts sleep and desynchronizes the body clock.
- Screen-time desensitizes the brain’s reward system.
- Screen-time produces “light-at-night.”
- Screen-time induces stress reactions.
- Screen-time overloads the sensory system, fractures attention, and depletes mental reserves.
- Screen-time reduces physical activity levels and exposure to “green-time.”
Check out the article. I’d love to hear what you all think about it.