A few decades back, “screen time” wasn’t even a term. But today, we are surrounded by more smartphones, desktops and tablets than people. The technology and devices have taken over our lives, so much so, that “screen time” for children has become a thing. But by giving our children these devices, we are hampering their brain development.
According to a study published in Jama Pediatrics,
“Excessive screen time can impact children’s ability to develop optimally.”
The report further says, “Excessive screen time has been associated with various negative outcomes, including cognitive delays and poorer academic performance.”
A total of 2441 children aged between 2 to 5 years were the part of the study and the mothers were required to report their kids’ screen time throughout the three-year timeframe.
As per the study, “the higher levels of screen time in children aged 24 and 36 months were associated with poor performance on a screening measure assessing children’s achievement of development milestones at 36 and 60 months, respectively.”
Now that a scientific study has established the link between screentime and children’s brain development, it is advisable to keep children’s screentime to minimum and let them learn through their surroundings than through “interactive videos” and encourage them to play with their friends rather than play on the smartphones.