The early stages of child development are probably the most crucial, and in today’s society with new gadgets being available and cheap, parents don’t know the future affects that could result from excess screen time. But the problem is the way parents and babysitters deal with children at a young age by placing them in front of a screen. Although some people may have opinions, few have a true scientific understanding of what the future might hold for a generation raised on portable screens.
A report published last week by the Millennium Cohort Study, a long-term study group in Britain that has been following 19,000 children born in 2000 and 2001, found that those who watched more than three hours of television, videos or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by the time they were 7 than children who did not. The study, of a sample of 11,000 children, found that children who played video games — often age-appropriate games — for the same amount of time did not show any signs of negative behavioral changes by the same age.
fears that children who do not learn real interactions, which often have flaws and imperfections, will come to know a world where perfect, shiny screens give them a false sense of intimacy without risk.
Acknowledging the problem is one step towards change and talking about it with parents and babysitters gives a good inside look as to what goes on and what they is good for a child in development. Some mothers believe that technology is earned, like videogames and television good behavior is rewarded and as mothers should regulate what is being watched. Technology can also be a positive in helping their imagination.