As a parent in this modern day technology driven world, it is difficult to keep up with all the latest technology crazes and regulations.
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Here are the most frequently asked questions for parents on setting limits and facts about technology overuse and addiction:
Q: How many hours daily should my child spend behind a screen? (Television, computer, tablet, cell phone)
A: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics entertainment screen time should not exceed more than two hours per day. Children that are under 2 years of age are discouraged to screen exposure.
Q: My infant enjoys playing with my phone and it stops them from crying, is this okay?
A: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics a child’s brain develops readily during their first few years and young children learn best interacting with people, not screens.
Q: How am I supposed to entertain and distract my children?
A: Spend time engaging your children in healthy developmental lifestyle habits such as physical activity, playing with toys and drawing. Children need to experience movement, touch, human connection, and nature for a healthy growth and development.
Q: Is this information backed by doctor’s opinions?
A: Yes, The American Academy of Pediatrics states the average child spends 7-8 hours a day in front of a screen. This takes away from quality family time, reading, play time, and hygiene. As a result of the screen time, the likelihood of childhood obesity increases. Additionally according to the American Optometric Association there are an increasing number of health issues regarding eye and muscular strain due to overuse of screen time. The results of these are permanent eye damage that is irreparable.
Q: What are the dangers of technology overuse?
A: Technology overuse can lead to:
decreased physical activity
Q: Are you saying I have to stop using technology?
A: No. We live in a technology driven world, but too much of anything is never good. We need to be conscious of the harm overuse of technology can have on ourselves, our loved ones, and society.
Q: Can people really become addicted to the internet?
A: Yes, the American Psychiatric Association has listed internet gaming disorder in the latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel for Mental Disorders used by health professionals to determine and diagnose individuals.
Side note: In other countries (The Netherlands, Canada, South Korea, China) there are government funded programs and rehabilitation programs for individuals suffering from internet addiction that have existed for nearly ten years.
Q: Are there any health concerns with technology overuse?
A: Yes. The medical issues that arise from technology overuse are: Migraines, obesity, sleep disturbances, drowsy driving, sleep deprivation, backaches, eating irregularities, eThrombosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, mouse elbow, repetitive use injuries, eye fatigue, and poor personal hygiene.
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