In today’s society, laying the foundation for a child’s intellectual and developmental progress is a big science. Great technical advancements have been taking place for some time now. The age at which youngsters are utilising electronic devices has decreased significantly as technology has advanced. Children as young as infancy are using consumer devices, according to a new study. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, research in the field of child development indicates that children under the age of two are particularly prone to the negative consequences of screen time, such as aggressive behaviour, various fears or phobias, and sleep disruptions.
So it should come as no surprise that even some of the “screen media” that children consume, such as television shows, DVDs, and video games, are more mesmerising or, to use more modern terminology, “zoning out” than instructional.
It is important for parents to keep in mind that essential brain connections are formed between the ages of 0 and 6. Parents and caregivers should engage their children in play to help them develop their brains at this stage. As a result, researchers urge that parents and caregivers refrain from using screen media with children under the age of two because it does not provide this advantage. Only one to two hours of screen time a day should be allowed for children ages two to six. Parents and caregivers, on the other hand, should be on the lookout for any unfavourable behavioural reactions that their child may develop.
How many connections are made in a child’s brain depends on how much stimulation he or she receives from their senses. Parents and caregivers can plan to spend more time playing and connecting with their children and less time zoning out while gazing at a screen if they are aware of some of the things mentioned above about screen media and its affects on the various age groups displayed here. The stimulation and experiences that can be provided by interactive educational play in a child’s early years can establish the groundwork for future learning and growth. Providing children with consistent positive interactions with their parents can help them build healthy relationships throughout their lives. So, parents and caregivers, do some research on the educational toys, games, and films that you’re considering purchasing to ensure that they’re actually educational.