Brain Drain: Screen Time Among Preschoolers Linked To Lower Literacy, Language Scores
Young children have never been easy to keep entertained. Itâ€™s frequently a challenge for parents to keep their pre-schoolers content, especially on long car rides, visits to in-laws, or trips to the doctor. Decades ago, a child may have nothing more than a book or a few toys to engross themselves in, but more recently it has become increasingly common to see children as young as three or four staring at their very own tablet or smartphone. On the surface, this seems like a win-win for parents and kids alike. Mom and dad get a break, and junior is able to catch up on his or her favorite cartoons or online games.
But parents may want to reconsider this modern-day child rearing strategy. A new study finds that all that screen time is quite literally changing the structure and integrity of childrenâ€™s developing brains....
I would not be able to post anything here or read anything here or listen to any sermons here, if it weren't for 'screen time' I spend here. But I think more studies need to be done on adults who spend a lot of time in front of computer screens, besides the ones we know about on back problems and vision problems. At the same time, more and more things are becoming 'screen time' like ordering food at a restaurant or watching TV programs or movies. And, when we talk about 'screen time' we must include smartphones that people are using even when driving and walking down the street. Some have suggested going on a 'Digital Fast' from all screens. Friends have told me that if they had internet access at home and cable or satellite TV, they would have no reason to leave their homes!