The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new set of screen time regulations for children. The guidelines are meant to help parents juggle between the educational and recreational needs of their children. The recommendations focus on how much time a child can spend in front of a technological device, the list including television, tablets, laptops, and other such devices.
In a time when children are more eager to play a game on a console than in the park, AAP decided to release a newer, more modern set of screen time regulations. According to the Academy, a child aged between 2 and 5 can only watch one hour of television, his activities being better oriented towards sports or outdoor games.
For children over the age of 5, the AAP advise parents to calculate a screen time that suits both the needs of the child and those of the parent. The Academy believes that an infant can watch television or play games on electronic devices as long as he or she allocates enough time for other activities such as exercising, sleeping, reading, and socializing.
Moreover, researchers recommend parents to join their toddlers while they watch television as to teach them to develop a healthy media-consumption attitude. Parents should be aware that children have a tendency to mimic their behavior, so they must show their children that television or other technological devices are merely tools for discovery and research, not the most important pastime activity.
Speaking of educational tools, the scientists advise parents to monitor their children closely because not all apps that bare the “educational” tag are beneficial for kids. Some apps are not helpful in making an infant develop well and grow up to be a well-functioning adult.
Experts recommend parents to spend as much time with their children as they can, replacing an hour of television with a walk in the park or even a board game.
Furthermore, the researchers discovered that children over the age of 7 have a tendency to socialize while playing games. They advise parents to teach their children that socializing is not the same as spending time in front of a screen together, other activities being more suited for their educational and personal growth.
What do you think about the new screen time regulations for children? Will they help shape a future generation that is not so distracted with technological gizmos?
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