Screen usage has been on the rise for years and can be seen to have a significant impact on your child's laziness BMI and ability to learn.
An article was written by dr. Eric Sigman managing screen time and Screen dependency States by the age of 7 the average child will have spent a full year of 24 hour days watching recreational screen media.
Over the course of childhood, children spend more time watching TV than they spend in school. in 2013 the US Department of Health recommended that children under 2 years of age should not be in front of a screen at all and over that age, the maximum leisure screen time should be no more than 2 hours a day.
Some notable names in The Tech Community such as Steve Jobs(Apple), Bill Gates(Microsoft), and Evan Spiegel (Snapchat) have expressed their concerns for our youth using Tech. These Tech Giants have limited or don't even allow access to screens for their children. For example, Bill Gates didn't allow his kids to get cell phones until they turned 14 and limited screen time when he noticed his daughter's unhealthy screen time habits.
So what are some healthy alternatives to limit screen time?
These will increase the amount of movement and activity time that your child is exposed to. which all have a positive impact on mood, attention span, and BMI. U.S. recommendation for physical activity in children is 60 minutes a day from the ages of 6 to 17 years old. As a parent, be sure your child is engaging in the minimum recommendation of physical activity per day.
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