As much as we may like our tech gadgets which we have now become addicted to and passed on the obsession to our toddlers, we need to realize the negatives that this has brought. Studies have shown that the more technology exposure that your kid below 2 years has, the more they are likely to suffer from speech delay. While you might be giving them that tech gadget so that they can have better vocabulary, learn to speak faster and be entertained by that smartphone as you finish your house chores, the more likely they are to get less verbally expressive.
Catchy songs that have hooked kids below 2 years such as Baby Shark doo doo have been found to be created with addiction in mind. No wonder the guys at Silicon Valley do not want their kids anywhere near the very gadgets that they design! Why? They are nothing but addictive and could end up hampering their normal development.
When growing up, your kid needs you to speak with them, to play with them and engage them. Be their entertainment but not some meaningless and catchy songs or games that have them hooked on the screen for days and days on end.
So does it mean that your kid is to have zero screen time?
If possible to have zero screen time, the better. However, most parents will not be able to make this work since they want to do other things as they take care of their kids. And here is where the confusion starts. For those belwo 2 years, have no screen time at all. Do this for their own good.
For kids between 2 to 5 years, you can have maximum 1 hour screen time. During this time, it should however the censored. How?
- Have the kid only watch beneficial, educative programs
- Discuss what they are watching
- Incorporate what they watched into their everyday lives.