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Harmful Effects of Screen Time

01/22/2015 12:14PM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Parenting, Family, Health, Today




By Emily Theisen, OTS, Paul Graumann, MS CCC-SLP, Julie Klusmann, OTR/L, Accelerate Center for Intensive Early Intervention 

 


Screen time refers to any time spent viewing, or interacting with media presented on a screen. This includes television, movies, computer, tablet, smart phones, iPods or iPads. This also includes educational media and passive screen use, such as having TV on in the background during other activities. Screen time can interfere with normal patterns of brain development because of several different reasons:

 

1.    Lacks hands-on multisensory components critical for learning.

2.    Can hinder frontal lobe development affecting ability to moderate social behavior.

3.    Causes a dopamine (high) response that can be addictive.

4.    The cerebellum becomes inactive during screen viewing.

5.    Lacks critical face-to-face interaction that is crucial to development of functional language and social skills.

 

Other areas of development that can be affected include:

  • Sleep: Correlating directly with increased sleep problems including nightmares, waking and later sleep onset.
  • Social Skills: Interfering with normal play and interaction: exposure during the toddler years has been linked to decreased empathy and increased peer rejection in adolescence.
  • Motor Skills: Often, a child is sedentary during screen time so very little muscle strength or coordination develops during that time.
  • Cognition and Learning Skills: Early screen exposure leads to increased impulsivity and tantrums, decreased attention span,  learning behaviors and overall cognition.
  • Language: Young children with heavy media use are at risk for delays in language development once they start school.  Screen exposure in infancy correlates with language delays by 14 months of age.
     

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 2 do NOT view screen media. Those between the ages of 2 and 18 should spend no more than 1-2 hours engaged in screen time each day.  (Strasburger et al., 2013)

 

Additional suggestions include:

  • Keep TV and Internet devices out of your child's bedroom.
  • Establish a family use plan for all media. Enforce meal and bed time “curfew” for media devices including cell phones. 
  • Establish reasonable, but firm rules about cell phones, texting, Internet and social media use.


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  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/03/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...


  • Toddler Time

    04/04/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    04/04/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Into the Pit

    04/04/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Into the Pit Quarry Tour arrives with another chance to go Into the Pit of a Concrete Materials q...


  • Lapsit

    04/04/2017
    10:30AM — 11:05AM

    Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, stories and playtime. Get to know other families and ...


  • Mommies Matter: A PostPartum Support Group

    04/04/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Every 2 weeks on Tuesday


  • Baby in Our Family

    04/04/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    The Breastfeeding class is a one night class designed for those who are planning on breastfeeding...


  • Join local musician Steve McFarland as he introduces the soothing sounds of the islands on th...


  • Little All Stars

    04/05/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Get in the Garage Camp

    04/05/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Join us for our FREE Transportation Camp on April 5, 2017 from 9-2 to find out more about three e...


  • Milk Monologues

    04/05/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Babywearing Basics (SF Babywearers)

    04/05/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Monthly on the first Wednesday


  • Mother Courage and Her Childeren

    04/05/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Location Details: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre on Augustana Mother Courage and her childre...



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