Expert Tips on Managing Screen time of Children

Children are spending too much time in front of the screens – be it mobiles, laptops, TVs and gaming consoles. It is imperative for parents and schools to limit screen time because once addicted at young age, harder it become to change the habit. In conversation with Ms. Harpreet Kaur, Principal and Child physiologist, Vallores Pre -school and Daycare, G Block, Sector 54, Suncity, Gurugram.
She shares her experience with us “I’m passionate and committed towards improving children’s learning outcomes, and helping students to discover their abilities. I am very glad to contribute in changing and transforming the lives of children and their growth are some of my greatest strengths.

Vallores encourage the children to use screens in a more balanced and a reasonable healthy way. They start with identifying children’s interests and get them creatively engaged without screens by promoting the hobbies such as painting, puzzles, drawing, dancing and storytelling. Vallores has introduce kids to new themes and concepts frequently to enable them to learn through exploration.

Few Glimpse of the Facebook live Chat with Vallores on “How to manage Screen Time”
1.    What is screen time?
Ans :  Screen time is the time spent using devices like computers, laptops and mobiles
2.    What screen time does to kids?
Ans: Kids as it negatively impacts the performance in school, increases sedentary behavior and affects sleeping and eating habits leading to obesity and other health-related issues.
3.    How much screen time kids should have?
Ans: Avoid as much as you can, Unstructured playtime is more valuable for a young child’s developing brain than is electronic media. Children younger than age 2 are more likely to learn and remember information from a live presentation than they are from a video.
4.    How much screen time is appropriate for my 6-year-old daughter?
Ans: Children can benefit from some types of screen time, such as programming with music, movement and stories. By watching together, you can help your child understand what he or she is seeing and apply it in real life.
5.    Shall I avoid screen for kids below 1 year?
Ans: Absolutely, Read books, play in park, and make other things more enjoyable than Mobiles.
6.     How do I manage to control screen time?
Ans : Help them in learning to refine information and make use of what is required only.
7.    Shall we stop allowing kids to watch TV/games/screen? But, how it is possible in today’s digital era? :
Ans It should not become a habit. And for age group less than 2 years, it’s a big No engage them in lots of non-screen activities.
6.    Please share few tips to reduce screen time?
Ans:  Consider applying the same rules to your child’s real and virtual environments. Also, keep in mind that the quality of the media your child is exposed to is more important than the type of technology or amount of time spent.