Canadian kids spend an average of 7.5 hours in front of screens each day.
All this screen time can have some pretty harmful effects:
Impaired Cognitive Development
Spending too much time on devices like smartphones and iPads limits the development of concentration, creativity, empathy and social intelligence normally acquired through exposure to environmental stimuli.
Too much screen time not only cuts into hours of sleep, the blue light emitted by devices tricks the brain into thinking that it’s daytime. This leads to a poor quality of sleep if devices are used before bedtime.
The sedentary lifestyle surrounding devices means that kids aren’t getting the recommended 60 minutes of activity per day. Rates of diabetes, joint problems and heart disease are rising among youth.
Kids who stare at screens for too long suffer from eye strain and pain. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is becoming more prevalent in young children as they spend less time outdoors and more time on digital devices.
Technology can be beneficial to children’s learning but should be used in moderation. As parents it’s important to set clear boundaries.
Canadian Association of Pediatrics recommends:
0 to 2 Years Old > 0 Hours Per Day
3 to 5 Years Old > 1 Hours Per Day
6 to 18 Years Old > 2 Hours Per Day