Article written by Sergiu Bumbacea and Filip Popescu M.Sc.
Hello everyone! Welcome back to another KTW Blog! Today is the first day of summer and we want you to be careful with your children health during this summer. That’s why we choose this subject to talk about!
Spending too much time using digital technologies can negatively impact the psychological, developmental, social and physical health of children, says Virginia Tech expert Shalini Misra.
“Multitasking is a huge risk factor for injury and death, for example texting while driving. But more broadly, because it’s so easy to acquire so much information quickly, kids may not learn to think critically and creatively because of the constant passive consumption of fragments of information and communication,” she said.
How to reduce negative effects of technology on children?
1. Monitor and limit the use of technology. It’s of great importance to know how much and in what way your kid uses devices. A number of parental control tools come up with various restrictions of screen time and content to be applied for child’s gadgets. Consider utilizing such software to set boundaries for screen time allowed as well as apps and web content to be viewed.
2. Teach responsibility and conscious behavior. Talk to your child about privacy in cyberspace and potential risks and dangers.
3. Keep up with tech industry spin. Take interest in current digital trends that are popular among youth.
4. Find alternatives to technology. Encourage your kid to read paper books instead of electronic ones. Ask your child to indulge in a hobby, like playing football, not an online game. Organize a family time with no electronic devices.