Does your child complain that he can not sleep?
Remove your smartphone one hour before bedtime.
On TV, video games, tablet, computer and all the rest.
Then throw all things into the garbage.
A new article in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association warns that children are less sleepy than ever before and are partly due to the use of the screen.
Sleep deprivation is seen in younger and younger children, a bad sign of how the brain develops during childhood. A McGill pediatric sleep expert, Reut Gruber, is quoted in the CMAJ article, pointing out that the same inappropriate sleep problems associated with adolescents are now being reported in younger children. According to her study, children between the ages of 10 and 11 need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep each night – but only half have so much sleep.
Why is it a problem?
Here's Professor Gruber (on newswire.ca) on the subject: "Sleep deprivation is related to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular problems." It has also been shown that poor sleep has affected academic performance, learning, memory and essential functions for academic success. Furthermore, inappropriate sleep interferes with mood and affects mood regulation.
This seems clear.
The sleep problem raised in the CMAJ article is just one of the problems associated with too much time on the screen. There are many articles about how much screen time is very bad for children and lately more about how moguls in the silicon valley are raising their children without technology.
That's right – people who develop addictive games, apps, and all the others are guided when it comes to their children. Worrisome.
But it is not surprising. Any summary of the time that the screen may be detrimental to children is usually carefully written, but it is reduced to it: Besides being tired, your child will be overweight, in shape, not too bright, behaving stupidly and antisocially , its screen or use every day.
The educational examples you are watching together are good. Hours of brainless TV are not fine, especially when you are influenced by everything that rotten advertising for children – fast food, sugary cereals, plastic toys related to movies and theme parks.
Behavioralists have already marked alarming changes in communication and empathy skills among techno-dependent children; one of the things you face if you're on the screen all day is developing your emotional intelligence. Less human interaction changes people's personal skills and not in a good way. So, it is a matter of concern that Pediatrics and the Health Child report that in two years (2011-13), mobile use among children aged 2 to 4 years has doubled: from 39% to 80% in the U.S.
Both Bill and Steve Jobs are known to have restricted their children's access to technology. Last summer, CBS reported that children who are heavy users of video games, social media, television and mobile phones are more prone to depression and anxiety.
Speaking of anxiety, we have not even reached the link between mobile phones and brain cancer. Does not matter.
Make your children a favor and turn off the TV. Experts recommend that it is best not to allow anyone under the age of two to develop a relationship with any screen. Read books from paper and do not use your phone (or your TV is on) during family meals.
Experts also suggest that if you can disable all cell / tablet / script scenarios until a child is 12 years old, you are well ahead of the game. And probably lives in Ittoqqortoormiit.