Screentime & Kids

Swapna Mirashi
​The Straits Times recently reported that an extensive study in Singapore, revealed that an average 12 year old in Singapore spends 61/2 hours on screens per day.  Similar stats emerge from the US and UK. Children go online to use search engines, listen to music, watch videos and play video games, the study found.
​The repercussions of too much screen-time on health and emotional well being of kids and adults is known; lack of focus, impact on social skills, problems reading emotions, less time spent outdoors, virtually distorted reality and above all, addiction. Children are exposed to online dangers, which include cyber bullying, online grooming, inappropriate content and fake news.

Parents need to educate their children on responsible usage of devices and set reasonable limits on their screen time, so they have time for other activities.
Technology Use Guidelines for children and youth
Developed by Cris Rowan paediatric occupational therapist and author of Virtual Child, Dr. Andrew Doan neuroscientist and author of Hooked on Games and Dr. Hilarie Cash, Director of reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program and author of Video Games and Your Kids, with contribution from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society.