EFFECT OF SCREEN TIME ON CHILDREN
Babies and toddlers love playing with smartphones and tablets, and quickly get the hang of them.
When you’re a busy parent, it’s an easy way to keep your baby or young child entertained while you cook the dinner or finish a car journey. You may also feel it’s important for your child to get a head start on learning digital skills.
However, too much screen time may be harmful for babies and children, even at a very young age.
Children are exposed to screens for longer amounts of time than ever before. This widespread access to smartphones, tablets, games consoles, TVs and laptops is causing concern amongst doctors internationally.
Touch-screen technology makes it very easy for even babies to use tablets. This affects children’s rapidly developing brains. Over-exposure has an impact on attention span and concentration, as well as appetite control. Screen time encourages a more sedentary lifestyle. Babies should be encouraged to explore the world physically and toddlers need to be active for three hours a day to grow healthily.