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How does screen time effect children?
Screen time effects children in many different ways. It can greatly impact eyesight. Children are straining their eyes to the point that children without glasses and contacts now have to get them because they spend so much time looking at video games and phone screens. It can also impact their behavior in certain ways. Children are spending more time looking at phone screens in today’s society and its impacting children’s social skills. If a kid always is on his or her phone instead of talking to people, then how will they be able to communicate properly? It can also cause problems with young children and brain development.
Screen time effects brain development. “Social interactions are essential for establishing and building secure attachments, and are crucial for positive emotional development. (Zeanah et al 2011, Balbernie 2013). Anything that disturbs this, including the use of screen media, has the potential to cause problems (Zeedyk 2013).” Children using screen electronics at such a young age can be greatly impacted by the over usage. “A review by Christakis (2009) reports a connection between early brain development and the external environment.” Babies that are exposed to more screen time are proven to have social problems because of the lack of social interactions. Children’s brains will not fully be able to develop properly if they are always exposed to screen media.
Screen time can diminish eye sight very quickly. If a child spends every day watching TV or playing games they will have eyesight problems. “Extensive viewing of the computer screen can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches, dry eyes and other symptoms of eyestrain. These symptoms may be caused by poor lighting, glare, an improper work station set-up, vision problems of which the person was not previously aware, or a combination of these factors.” (Hippokratia. 2009 Oct-Dec; 13(4): 230–231). Straining your eyes causes eyesight problems, but it can also affect brain development. Eyesight can be permanently damaged just by the overuse of screen media.
Children that use electronics too often are impacted in many ways. Not only can it hurt proper brain development, and damage eyesight; it can also cause social problems. Talking to people online with no face to face interaction isn’t the same as having a face to face conversation. According to Rideout, Foehr and Roberts,(2010) “children today ages 8-18 spend over 7.5 hours a day, seven days a week using media outside of school.” If everyone is using this much screen media, then how will people even be able to have a conversation in the future? According to the Knapp and Hall (2010) “Nonverbal communication, defined as communication without words, includes apparent behaviors such as facial expression, eye contact and tone of voice, as well as less obvious messages such as posture and spacial distances between two or more people”. Communication is everything in society, but with the over usage of screen media people will soon find it much more difficult.
Sleep will always be affected by screen time. “There are probably many possible pathways between screen time and sleep, some of which are direct,” said lead author Mari Hysing of Uni Research Health in Bergen, Norway. “The light from the screens may directly affect our circadian rhythms, and teenagers may be especially sensitive.” Children and teens are giving up sleep to play video games or use cell phones and it is very unhealthy. Sleep deprivation can cause even more problems than just the usage of screen time.
Screen time has been proven to effect children. Using iPod, phones, and TV’s can negatively affect children. It can cause eyesight problems, hurt children’s social skills, their brain development and much more.
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