Kids and Computer Time-What Time is Enough
Quite a number of kids are nowadays just about staring at a screen for much of their time. This is one thing that has even been asserted by research and studies that have shown that the average children aged between 8 and 18 years spends at least 7 hours of their day staring at a screen of some kind.
Should it so happen to be that your child is forming this statistic, then it is wise of you to start thinking of ways and means to start minimizing your child’s screen time. Of the screens to watch out for in particular your need to be on the lookout for the much time that they spend on computer screens for this is one that they do spend so much of their time in. Here under is a look at the hours that you should allow your child enjoy before the computers even as recommended by experts.
We start this out by taking a look at the needs of the kids whose ages fall at 18 months and below. At this age, when the child is still not over a year and half in age, it is generally advisable to keep them away from computers as much as is possible. Generally, kids at such tender ages shouldn’t be permitted to use or access such devices that use computer tech such as smartphones, tablets and computers as we know them. The reason for this is the fact that where you so happen to grant kids as young as these ages access to these devices, you expose them to the risk of developing bad habits. Over and above this, they as well are affected in emotional and psychological development when they are allowed to access and use computers at such ages.
It’s only in extreme cases where you may allow a child below age 18 months to video chat with a close relative, only where this is your only alternative for communication. Other than this extreme case scenario, kids below the age of 18 months, that is a year and a half, should be seen or permitted to get any close to a computer or devices of the kind for any reason.
The next group or age of kids to be looked at here are the toddling kids, those between the ages of 2 years and 5 years. Once your child has hit the 18 month age and s beyond it, you may now start bringing them up to speed steadily in the computer world. In most cases you wIll realize that the young kids will have an interest in watching TV. In as much as this is the case, it is not advisable for you to allow them time sitting for such extended periods of time before the screens all on their own.