Removing devices from your kid's bedroom
Life is busy, and children have busy schedules as well, and it is challenging to keep up with everyone’s actives all at once. As parents, it is difficult to monitor all of what your children watch, especially in their bedroom. Furthermore, this also means that you are less likely to prevent children from being exposed to potentially harmful media.
Although sleep is impacted by evening added screen time, other areas of your child’s life are impacted. Researchers have suggested that increased screen time affects their social and cognitive development and increased aggression. Researchers have categorized these as into two areas displacement and content. Displacement is related to the amount of time your child spends playing on video games and spending less time on pro-social activities as a result of time spent gaming or watching television. Content is related to the media content that children view and that it is likely to affect how they think and behave.
1. Less sleep: Countless nights of going to bed at a later hour and getting up early is very hard for a kids ability to react, think, grow and play
2. Obesity: extra time spent playing video games reduces the time kids play and interact in physical activities
3. Impaired social and cognitive development: extra time spent engaged in gameplay, lack of sleep, and less time on prosocial actives can lead to poorer health and lower grades in kids
4. Aggression; kids who engage in violent video games at night and watch violent television shows at night may display aggressive behaviors because they do not understand the concept.
5. Bullying; teens are often online at night and may be vulnerable to bullying from peers
What can you do?
So it may be best to create some ground rules for device use and stick to them. They do not have to be elaborate just appropriate for you and your family. Have family meal time without devices. While device use is integrated into almost every aspect of your children’s life, it is possible to be without it for a few hours at a time. As parents, you can set rules and be an example for your children to follow. Also, remember ew habits usually take 14 to 28 day to form after repetition. If the entire family is on the same page, this should not take too long.
Here are some suggestions
1. Create a central charging station for everyone’s device
2. Have a time when device use is cute off 9:00 pm or earlier works good.
3. Remove all devices from your child’s bedroom including the television
4. Have a central location for homework
5. Establish a gaming area in a central location
Removing devices from your child’s bedroom will not be easy. As a parent, you can set the rules and stick to them.
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