In the age of electronics kids are spending a lot more time on the newest and latest devices compared to their adult counterparts. But did you know that the effects on children with electronics is significantly more damaging than on adults? Being on electronics can have a negative impact on behaviors from child, ranging from oppositional and defiant behaviors to depression and anxiety. It can also damage all aspects of their development ranging from their thought processes, physical and social development. Because of being on the electronic devices there is a significant decrease in academic performance, increased isolation, obesity, irregular sleep schedules, violence, and less time for play.
Did you know??????
Children as young as 3 years old are getting electronics. This is through communications by texts, video games, Twitter, Snapchat
22% of teenagers log onto their social media accounts more than 10 times per day
The average age of getting a cell phone is 6 years old
YouTube is the most popular site for kids
18% of kids 8-11 years old has a social profile
99% of 12–15-years-old are online 20+ hours per week
So, as a parent in the digital world what can you do to help your child?
Be a friend of theirs on social media
Know your child and spend 10 min per day to explore their world
Set a no screen time after a certain time.
Develop a digital citizenship where the child does not talk to strangers, does not cyberbully and does not share personal information
Develop an agreement and/or contract
Talk to a therapist for additional strategies and/or interventions
If you continue to struggle with electronic/screen time with you child or you recognize some behavioral concerns know that we are here to help. Please call 210-614-4990 for further assistance.