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How Do You Monitor Your Child’s Screen Time?
Things have changed so dramatically since we were kids. The most my mom had to worry about was whether or not I was indoors before it was dark outside and whether or not I would be eating dinner at home or at my friends house down the block. Now, the internet has brought a whole new level of worry for us as parents. When I give my child a device I have to give strict parameters of how long he can use it and what apps he can access.
It happens so easily–you give a child a phone for a few minutes while you cook dinner, or while you clean the house. Those few minutes turn into an hour and those hours start to add up.
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My kids have a huge array of tablets, mostly educational and some are just for entertainment purposes. When I was growing up my mom didn’t allow any TV until my homework was completely done. I’ve employed the same tactics with my boys. Usually by the time they get done with homework, it’s time to get ready for bed–that means NO screen time until the weekends. I also need to consider that they have tech-lab in school where there are learning about computers for 40 minutes during the day.
Keeping track of your child’s screen time is not easy but it’s completely doable. Take a look at the following statistics from TeenSafe.
- The average 8- to 10-year old child spends nearly 8 hours a day with a various media. Older children and teenagers spend more than 11 hours per day. (NYTimes)
- Over half of 12- to 17-year old children send and receive more than 60 text messages a day. (NYTimes)
- Teenagers send an average of 34 texts a night AFTER they get in bed, contributing to sleep deprivation. (NYTimes)
- 92% of teens go online daily. 24% of those teens are online “almost constantly.” (PEW Internet Research)
- Several studies have shown that internet & gaming addictions can lead to atrophy in areas of the brain that govern executive function. (Psychology Today)
Isn’t that insane? When you step back and look at all of the media that is available, it’s totally easy to spend 8 hours a day with various media (and that is crazy high!).
#FightScreenAddiction is a digital campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of screen addiction in our children. Today’s children gain access to digital devices at a very young age—with long-lasting consequences. Join the fight to bring more awareness to this very important cause!