What’s the latest issue parents are facing these days? It’s whether or not they should let their kids play with an iPad.
Experts have nicknamed children today the “Screen Generation”, because they’re spending a growing amount of time glued to TVs, smartphones, and iPad screens. In fact, a recent study found that most infants and toddlers watch some kind of screen an average of two hours a day. And kids, age 8 and up, clock in double that amount of screen time. In fact, studies have linked excessive screen time to delays in the development of brain, physical and social skills.
So, what do the experts say? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends zero screen time for kids two and under. And for children over that age – two hours a day, max. But a lot of parents say that’s unrealistic, because there are screens literally everywhere – like iPads at preschool, and DVD players in the car. So, parents everywhere are creating their own rules to manage screen time.
Like, screen time is only allowed on weekends.
Other families only let their kids use iPads after they finish homework.
And an increasingly popular approach is rather extreme – no limits! A lot of parents are letting their kids play with their iPad and smartphone as often as they want. The kids are usually glued to screens at first. But after a while, the novelty wears off.
But here’s what has experts worried: Some studies show a strong link between increased screen time and cases of ADD. Experts say it’s because the rapid-fire images on those small video screens are as damaging as watching TV, and can lead to problems with concentration. Another worry is that the more time kids spend using electronic devices, the less time they spend interacting with EACH OTHER. Dr. Jane Healy is a psychologist who says the most important skill that affects a young child’s brain development is conversation. Because no matter how smart you are, you’ll never become successful in life if you can’t communicate with other people!