Screen time- to dual, or not to dual?
This same concept can be related to adults as well. Multitasking is common yet how successful are we at it. Children are not more successful than adults; truth be told they are most likely more engrossed in their game than the movie. Think about a browser window you cannot look at two tabs at once, we can not read what in two windows at the same time.
What happens when you reduce screen time?
- Children who enjoy gaming can make a puppet of their favorite character then have them act out a scene that took place in a game. This promotes their memory, creativity, and imagination all of which are invoked by video game play.
- As a family, you could reenact a scene from a game that you play together. Take Mario Cart, you could build your cars out of cardboard boxes and race them. For older children, this process may be a little more challenging and require creativity.
- For example, an outing to a bookstore, comic store, or military museum may be more acceptable. The bookstore and the comic store would enviably promote reading. However, a military museum would allow them to see what real military gear looks like. This trip would work best for those who play any military game. The key is to get them off the screen and imagine, create, and think.