Using media can have a negative impact on your child’s development. The amount of time your child spends on their device can have a huge impact on their ability to understand non-verbal cues. If your child has a habit of watching television or playing video games, try limiting the amount of time they watch and play. If you need help putting together a family media plan, Common Sense Media has a tool that can help you.
Social and emotional development
Using digital technologies has become an integral part of our everyday lives. These devices are used for educational, entertainment, and personal purposes. Although these technologies have advantages, they can also have negative impacts on children. They can affect their social and emotional development.
While many believe that digital media will help teens improve their social skills, a study of 12,000 12- to 15-year-olds found that excessive use of social media may have a negative effect on mental health. This study suggests that spending more than three hours a day on social media might increase the risk of depression.
In addition to negative effects on mental health, research has shown that using too much social media can cause children to feel isolated from the real world. It can also interfere with homework time, school performance, and family relationships.
Digital screen time reduces time spent reading non-verbal cues of human emotion
Using digital screen time can diminish the skills required to read human emotion. This is an important skill that allows people to build healthy, productive relationships. A recent study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that too much time spent in front of screens may lead to a decrease in kids’ ability to read emotions.
Researchers studied two groups of sixth graders from a Southern California public school. The students were asked to infer emotional states from nonverbal cues. They were also shown photos of scenes with silenced audio. They were also given a baseline test to measure their ability to read facial expressions.
Fear of missing out
Having the fear of missing out is a normal part of human life. However, it’s important to acknowledge and validate these feelings. It’s a good idea to tell your child that there’s a reason why they feel this way, and that it’s not a sign of being uncool.
It’s also a good idea to encourage your child to find a healthy balance between their use of social media and real life. Teens are especially susceptible to peer pressure, and FOMO can exacerbate these feelings.
The main problem with FOMO is that it can have a negative effect on your child’s physical and mental health. It can lead them to make risky decisions without thinking about the consequences.
Digital screen time encourages cognitive skill-building
Using interactive screen media, such as gaming consoles and computers, can have positive effects on cognitive skill development. These types of games can enhance specific skills, including memory, attention, and spatial abilities. However, too much exposure can negatively affect the brain.
Research suggests that children under two years old are more vulnerable to the negative effects of screen time than older children. For instance, babies who spend a lot of time on screens are less able to read human emotion and control their frustration. They also have a lower ability to concentrate and think clearly.
The study looked at 133 parents of preschoolers to identify the most common reasons for their children’s screen time. They included a need to watch things at home, bad weather, exhaustion, and a desire to get things done.
Limiting the amount of time you spend plugged in to computers
Increasingly, children are plugged into computers and other gadgets to do everything from completing their homework to filing tax returns. Limiting the amount of time your kid spends on these devices can benefit both of you.
The good news is that there are a plethora of apps, devices and games to help you achieve your screen time goals. Whether you’re looking to cap the amount of time your kids spend online or just nudge them towards a more screen free lifestyle, there’s no shame in asking your tech-loving loved ones to put down their devices when they need to talk to you.
Common sense media’s family media plan tool
Using a family media plan is a great way to organize your child’s media consumption habits. This may include a list of acceptable websites or apps, as well as recommendations for books, TV and movies to watch, listen to, and read. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a tool designed to help you create a media plan that works for your family. You can then tweak your plan as needed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics website has a variety of tools to help you navigate the media jungle. The site has a library of media-related content, including a nifty augmented reality application, which helps you make informed decisions about what your kids are watching and reading. They also have a collection of useful resources to help you set up parental controls on your devices.