Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Snowman cure for electronic blues

This snowman distracted boy from his iPod.
This snowman distracted boy from his iPod
Here's what happens when you take electronic devices away from children: they make a snowman.

Oh what joy I feel when they are outside playing in snow and not sitting inside like zombies staring at screens.

I feel this happiness more and more now that I have placed limits on electronic time.

So we're clear, I've defined electronic devices as: TV, computer, iPod, iPad, Wii or anything with a screen. Unless, you're doing homework, you're on electronic time.

Now, my son is reaching out to his friends more and isolating less. I've spoken to other parents in the neighborhood and they are very strict with electronic time, and have even harsher limits than we do.

The dangers caused by excessive technology use by children have been well documented. The following problems have been associated with excessive early use of technology:

  • addictions

  • attention deficit

  • delayed cognitive development

  • obesity

  • sleep deprivation

  • mental illness

  • aggression

  • impaired learning

  • increased impulsivity

  • decreased ability to self-regulate

For more scary facts on this subject read  Zone'in.

3 comments:

  1. David HochschartnerMay 16, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Well said. That is our experience at both camp and school. I hope all is well ... say hello to the family for me.

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  2. Thanks Hock! Glad you like this post! Yes, North Country School/Camp Treetops are a healthy place for children! I have very fond memories! All is well! Thanks for reading.

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  3. Excellent posting!

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