As technology is advancing, pediatricians can’t avoid the subject of screen time for children. They have recently announced new guidelines on how parents should monitor the time that their kids spent with digital devices. Some of the new regulations go against rules that were set previously.
The new regulations are set by specialists at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Previous reports suggested that only children aged more than two should be allowed to have screen time on their daily activities. The new recommendations from doctors are more indulgent now and are concerned with the need of distant family members to communicate with toddlers.
Screen time involves activities such are chatting online, playing games, watching movies and so on. However, as far as toddlers are concerned, pediatricians only recommend video chatting with close family members, such as grandparents. Doctors embrace the idea of technology as a means of communication and keeping a strong bond with the family.
The new rules from pediatricians suggest that one hour of screen time a day is enough for children aged less than five. However, parents should be extremely careful about the content that they kids are exposed to. Moreover, specialists suggest that parents should spend time with their children as much as possible, especially when watching TV or playing video games on PC or tablets.
What’s more, specialists also explain that kids learn different notions while using media in a much more efficient way if they are accompanied by an adult. The ideas that young children can learn during this process range from vocabulary items to practical knowledge such as using the devices and understanding how they work.
The recently issued guidelines bring a change in the way that adults perceive screen time for children. Pediatricians concluded that digital devices shouldn’t be excluded from kids’ lives, especially since technology is everywhere around us and our everyday activities are based on it. What the specialists stress is that the time that children spend with tech devices should be limited and carefully monitored by parents.
Doctors explain that it is healthy for children to experience a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. They encourage parents to rediscover traditional toys and family games with their children. Sports are also highly recommended for kids, but no performance is required. In addition to this, any outdoor activity is also beneficial for them.
Will you spend more time with your kids outdoor or in front of the computer?
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