Why You Need to Replace Screen Time with Outdoor Time
The digital era has brought lots of changes in the day-to-day activities of every human being that interacts with one high-tech device or another. The advent of technology across nearly all facets of life was meant to make life easier, smoother, and more enjoyable for everyone. But it appears as if technological advancement has some negative impact such that even the smallest among us are getting affected severely.
A study was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, January 2019 edition in which researchers outlined their discovery about the direct link between the amount of screen time that is allowed at ages 2 or 3 and delayed physical development by 5 years of age. Development in this context covers progression in motor skills, communication, and social as well as problem-solving skills.
Many parents have erroneously allowed their babies, toddlers or preschoolers to have almost unlimited screen time instead of sticking to the official recommendations of The American Academy of Pediatrics to limit screen time to one hour of instructive or educational programming per day.
Although the causal factor in stunted development cannot be established at the moment, there are increasing cases of ailments – such as “text neck” – which are not unconnected to numerous neck and back issues observed in young children and teens nowadays.
As these kids focus their gaze at tablets or smartphones, they inadvertently place a lot of stress and pressure on their necks and backs, thereby compromising their posture and pushing their spines out of alignment. It is highly crucial for young kids to have sound back health, especially since they are still growing and any misalignments may upset their body’s operation.
When such scenarios occur, it may bring about digestive issues, difficulty in sleeping, bed-wetting, and even compromise the immune system.
This latest research has contributed to the growing amount of research which highlights the importance of outdoor time in the day-to-day activity of a child. Spending significant amounts of time outdoors allows children to be physically active while promoting their social and communication skills as they interact with their playmates.
Regular outdoor time also engenders low levels of stress, improved functioning of the heart, a high level of enjoyment, and a host of other health benefits as well.
If you are troubled about the enormous amount of screen time that your child spends or need to have your children’s backs appraised to prevent issues in the future, you should consider establishing the following household rules and ensure they are followed strictly:
No screens will be allowed in the bedroom
No more screen time in the car
The use of electronic devices during family fun nights is prohibited
The use of digital devices during meals is banned
Playing video games is restricted until all household chores have been done and all school work duly completed.
You can also visit the kid-friendly chiropractors at Somerset Hills Chiropractic in Bernardsville if you suspect that your child is having issues with his back or neck. These doctors possess extensive experience when it comes to working with young children and will always be available to answer any questions you may have about your child’s development and prospects.
Yours in health,
Dr. Brian Wallace