Kids, Computers and How Much Time You Need to Allow Kids for Computer Time
Most children in this day and age are in most cases spending their time looking at a screen of some kind for a good part of their wake hours. This is one thing that has even been asserted by research and studies that have shown that the average children aged between 8 and 18 years spends at least 7 hours of their day staring at a screen of some kind.
Should it so happen to be that your child is forming this statistic, then it is wise of you to start thinking of ways and means to start minimizing your child’s screen time. Make all efforts possible to limit or keep an eye on their computer screen time over the others as it is a fact that this is one of the many that they happen to give a lot of time and attention to at such early ages. The following is a review of some of the facts on the recommended computer hours that you need to allow your children enjoy as they grow up.
Talking of this, we will start it by looking at the needs for the kids whose ages fall at 18 months and under. At this age, when the child is still not over a year and half in age, it is generally advisable to keep them away from computers as much as is possible. Generally, kids at such tender ages shouldn’t be permitted to use or access such devices that use computer tech such as smartphones, tablets and computers as we know them. This is looking at the fact that in the event that such young kids are granted access to computers at these ages, you get to expose them to the risk of developing bad habits. Over and above this, they as well are affected in emotional and psychological development when they are allowed to access and use computers at such ages.
You may only be excused to allow a child below the age of 18 months old to hold a video chat with a relative only in the event that this is the only alternative there is left for you towards communication. Otherwise a child below a year and a half shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a computer.
The next group or age of kids to be looked at here are the toddling kids, those between the ages of 2 years and 5 years. Once your child has hit the 18 month age and s beyond it, you may now start bringing them up to speed steadily in the computer world. Oftentimes it is the case that kids at this stage of development will have a peculiar interest in watching TV and this will be quite apparent. In as much as this is the case, it is not advisable for you to allow them time sitting for such extended periods of time before the screens all on their own.
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