Parents and children now often fight over limits on screen time, and even in early childhood, parents have been fighting over screen parenting.A recent study seems to give parents a little more freedom, finding that limiting their children’s use 3C The time is not important, the key is still the quality of interaction with parents.
On average, American teens spend a day in front of a screen 7.5 hours per day, older children spend nearly 5 hours.children watch 3C Too much time is almost the biggest headache for parents in modern families. An Australian survey found that3C Even more worrying for parents than cyberbullying and eating junk food.However, there is actually no consensus in the scientific community on the impact of screen time. The medical journal “The Lancet” reported 2019 pointed out that researchers severely lack understanding of the benefits, risks and harms of digital environments.
Watching 3C movies with your parents is actually beneficial
A recent study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior found that the effects of screen time on children are complex.They search for information on how much time children spend watching TV, tablets, mobile phones, computers and game consoles 681 studies involving 200 A meta-analysis of 10,000 children was conducted to identify the pros and cons of screen time for children.
The results found that the overall effect of screens on children’s depression, weight, literacy and sleep was small, with almost all outcomes having smaller correlations than 0.2, about the same as the correlation between height and intelligence. Research suggests that what really matters is not the screen itself, but what is displayed on the screen and how children use it.
The results show that children who watch TV with their parents actually improve their reading and writing skills compared to children who just stare at the screen. Research suggests that watching TV with parents may improve reading performance because parents control the content their children watch. , thus causing children to watch more educational programs.
They may also ask their children questions about the content of the program to encourage their children to participate and research the topic. A similar association exists with video games, but they are only useful if the content of the game teaches arithmetic and is related to the ability to understand and process numbers.
Social media still does no good
There are also negative impacts. For example, watching advertisements on digital devices such as TVs and computers can more easily lead to unhealthy food choices. There are no benefits to social media either, and social media use increases the risk of depression and harmful behaviors, such as unsafe sex and substance abuse. The study highlights that the more time children spend on social media, the more likely they are to develop mental health problems.
The US Surgeon General also pointed out this year that although social media can provide community and connection for young people, especially marginalized groups, it can also harm their mental health.This study suggests that although social networking sites allow 13 Children as young as 20 years old are still developing their own identity at this stage, so children at this age are still too young to use social media platforms.
American Academy of Pediatrics on Contact with Children 3C There are very strict rules on time. For example, children who are one and a half years old are not allowed to watch at all. Parents between one and a half to two years old need to be supervised, and children between two and five years old can only watch one hour a day. This study suggests that the guidelines need to be updated, not focusing on the amount of screen time, but more on what they are watching. After all, the most important factor in a child’s growth is quality parenting. There are some high-quality programs that can be watched together with the participation of parents. How long to watch is not the key, but it is still better to have less exposure to social media and the Internet.
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