Screen-time Suggestions and Facts
-Lasting, positive memories are most often associated with activities that:
a) include other people
b) take place out-of-doors
c) cost little or no money
-“Play” is the work of children.
-Electronic screens distract children from the work that young brains need for maximum growth and development. Children under two are at maximum risk.
-Young brains require a variety of stimulation. TV and computers are extremely limited in their ability to satisfy the growing brain. If not stimulated at critical times, the brain misses opportunities to develop properly.
-Children will learn to create their own entertainment in the absence of being “plugged in” 24/7. Down and alone time fosters creativity and imagination.
-The average child, aged 8-18, spends 55 hours a week in front of electronic screen media. Preschoolers average three hours a day in front of television screens alone. Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against any exposure to television for children under two, 30 percent of U.S. households provide one-year-olds with television sets in their bedrooms.
-Make dinner time “screen-free” time. The amount of conversation that takes place between parents and their children is a strong indicator of literacy and academic success.
-Make the last thirty minutes of a child’s day “screen-free”. Nightmares of visual images from TV shows and television news can negatively impact sleep. Take advantage of the time to read, sing or reflect on the day’s positive events together to conclude the day.