I am a nerd. But you probably already know that. I’d rather read medical journals and scientific research than catch up on celebrity gossip. The research that is springing up like weeds in my garden: too much screen time damages kids.
I know. Not what you wanted to read in your inbox today.
Low Self-esteem. Depression. Trouble sleeping. Higher risk of developing type II diabetes, asthma, and obesity. Anxiety. Attention Disorders.
I usually don’t think twice before tuning into WordGirl on PBS. I just think vocabulary development, not development of depression.
These studies are not pointing fingers at screens. They aren’t pointing fingers at adults either. They are illuminating the fact that excessive screen time in children and teens causes a host of problems both obvious and less obvious.
The average amount of time that our kids spend in front of a screen is five to seven hours (sometimes even higher for toddlers and preschoolers.)
The recommended time is two hours.
If you’ve spent enough time with kids, you know there is a distinct difference between kids who know how to actually play and ones who are paralyzed in the absence of a screen.
I have this grim picture in my mind’s eye of a generation of kids who only consume content and don’t create.
But grim isn’t my style.
Here’s the first round up of stellar screenless activities. Don’t forget to share your ideas, too. I’d love to know what you do at home to limit screen time and your favorite low- or no-prep activities. I need to crank back my family’s screen time, too.
Anyone have toddlers? 75 ideas from No Time for Flash Cards
Budding artists? This is an easy activity I pinned ages ago from the ArtMommie Blog. Now we’ll
hopefully maybe actually do it.
DIY Upcycled Inventors Box from Modern Parents Messy Kids. This is truly awesome.
Creative water play ideas from Fantastic Fun & Learning.
Add your links in the comments or share a pin on the Don’t Panic Mom Facebook Page.
As usual, I’ve provided you with some further reading. Ironically, it will cause you to have more screen time as you read them.