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Limiting Mobile Playtime for Children

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Some parents will give cell phones to fussy children. However, this method can harm children. Some of the negative effects of screen time for children are lowering concentration. There is also little socializing, exposure to extremes, and weakening of self-control. Of course, as a parent, you don't want that to happen, right? No need to worry because these activities can be overcome by several things.

It is undeniable that the presence of gadgets can make it easier for parents. Especially with the existence of educational videos that can be a learning medium for children to recognize letters and numbers. However, screen time activities can be overcome with several other activities that are also beneficial for children's growth and development.

Add Screen Time Activities With Other Activities

Parents can insert questions for children while on-screen time. For example, when the question is found "how does a chicken sound?". If the child cannot speak, parents can answer it themselves. Then when the child is getting better at speaking, they can answer it themselves. Screen time activities for children interspersed with other activities make children more proactive in answering questions.

The next activity that parents can do is to invite their children to sing according to the video. For example, when watching the video Head Shoulder Knees and Toes, parents can invite him to follow the movement. This activity makes children more active and not monotonous while watching.

Types of Screen Time That Can Be Given to Children

  1. Gadgets

    Gadgets or commonly called incidental screen time can be given to children when they are in an urgent situation. For example, when you are on a trip to divert your child so you don't get bored. Screen time for this child can be given, for example by watching a video or viewing his photo. This activity is carried out to teach children to be able to recall activities that have occurred.

    Parents can also add talks while watching. In addition, parents can provide pre-selected videos of children's serials and education. Gadgets are only given for incidental screen time due to eye health reasons. The small size and the viewing position that must be close to the screen make radiation exposure even greater. Therefore, it is necessary to limit screen time for children.

  2. Television

    Television is classified as regular screen time. Screen time for children can be given only on weekends, with a frequency of 1-2 hours per day. This screen time is done with television by downloading some video material that is inserted into a flash drive and then showing it. As with gadgets, the videos given to children are videos of children's activities that have occurred. Don't forget to ask your children questions about the events they are watching.

With the right strategy, screen time can not only interfere with eye health but also as a means of stimulating children's growth and development. Those are some screen time activities that parents can do for their children. Don't forget also to parents to keep counting screen time for children. Make sure they still have free time for other activities. Thank you

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Your article der was good. It's really helpful to a mother like me. We will be not to expose our children in gadget coz it will damage their eyes not only on their eyes but also their socialization with other kids. We must limit it.

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8 months ago

Schedule the right time to play gadgets. Apart from that, parents must also prepare other alternative activities so that children do not get bored and switch to gadgets again.

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8 months ago

Very nice suggestions. I am kind of guilty because I let my kids watch YT videos, especially my eldest but we have already limited her screen time.

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8 months ago

Youtube also has videos that educate children. But still limit the use of gadgets to your child. let's say only one hour in a day.

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8 months ago

Especially mobile phone because nowadays rated content are everywhere and children shouldn't be exposed to it

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8 months ago

yes, that's very true. Radiation exposed by smartphones can damage children's development, especially in eye health.

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