This is something I am going to try and do more often. Post a blog regarding health, fitness, mental health, emotional intelligence, etc. Here is edition one of that.
A new(er) study was posted on Science Daily talking about how high amount of screen time can affect young kids. The article is titled "Screen-based media associated with structural differences in brains of young children". The study is rather short, which for all those non-nerds out there that do not like to read the nitty-gritty details of an article and try to decipher what the heck these scientists are saying. The Science Daily site is perfect for you.
Anyways, if you are a parent today with kids 2-18 years-old you probably are experiencing some issues with screen time and limiting your kids screen time. For those that are not aware of the small details behind how a high amount of screen time can affect your child. Then listen up.
Dr. Hutton (Director of the, Reading & Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children's and lead author of the study.) conducted a study with 47 children, 27 girls, 20 boys between 3 and 5 years old. Before the test began the kids completed standard cognitive tests followed by diffusion tensor MRI (which looks at white matter in the brain). The higher your score the worse you did it meant. After looking at the studies Dr. Hutton found that higher screen scores were associated with lower expressive language, the inability to quickly name objects, and other literacy skills. As well higher screen scores were associated with lower white brain matter which affects organization, in simpler terms affects language executive functions and other literacy skills.
In short, high screen time results in slower processing of information, difficulty identifying objects, difficulty formulating proper language and other literacy skills, inability to express certain emotional language. We understand screen time is an issue but what are you doing as a parent to reinforce this and reduce screen time so your child is not greatly affected later in life?
As well something I probably should further clear up is that high screen time greatly affects your kids white brain matter. And that part of their brain has a lot to do with their nerves and communication to nerve signals. Per the medlineplus.gov "White matter is found in the deeper tissues of the brain (subcortical). It contains nerve fibers (axons), which are extensions of nerve cells (neurons). ... Also, it improves the speed and transmission of electrical nerve signals along extensions of the nerve cells called axons."
Something that can help your kids based off what I have noticed through my own use is blue light blocking glasses if they are going to be on their screens. Warby Parker, Felix Gray are two of the leading companies in the blue light blocking glasses field.
But per the Science Daily suggestions and this article suggestions, here's what they say. Take it from the pro's people.
Now before you go. This is just one small study done. This is not to dismiss the fact that the screen time does greatly affect kids. Perhaps it does not show enough evidence that it can have lasting affects on kids. Either way , one thing it does prove is that their is concern and we need to address it and start being more conscious of our kids screen time.
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