Digital Detox: Helping Kids Get a Balance on Screen Time

ChurchLeaders | 6/17/2018 | Staff
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It’s no secret that our sons and daughters are digital natives. They are the first generation of kids who cannot remember a time before wireless Internet, Smart devices and digital gadgets that don’t require a massive desk or mess of wires to operate. While these advancements have opened our children up to a world of information and means of communication, they have also flooded our homes and schools with screens. Unfortunately, initial research is showing that too much time in front of screens may cause serious behavioral, physical and emotional consequences to develop.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

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It used to be that in our homes the only screens that could be found was a television in our family’s living room. Fast forward a decade or two and now we can find countless screens in every room of our homes. We have multiple television sets, computers, tablets, Smartphones, handheld gaming systems, laptops and more. This has led to a sharp increase in the amount of time our boys and girls are spending in front of some kind of screen.

Whether it is texting, watching a movie, playing a video game or researching their homework, the average teen spends nine hours a day consuming media in some form. If this isn’t alarming enough, children under the age of 8 spend close to two and a half hours in front of a screen. We also need to consider almost one third of toddlers under the age of 2 even have a T.V. set in their rooms.

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Screens and devices are doing more to our children than just occupying their time. In fact, the fast paced stimuli of today’s technology can change the hard-wiring of our kids’ brains, which affects a variety of life skills, such as: patience, school performance, ability to work, read emotional cues,...
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