Yoram Yasur Izz : Now a day, increasingly babies and children are connected to mobile devices, learning from a really young age the basics of how to use a tablet or smartphone. Despite the recommendations made by different experts, the American Academy of Pediatrics, that indicate that before two years is not recommended to expose our children to any kind of screens, many parents use this type of technology as a resource to entertain their children. It is true that the quality of content of children’s apps for tablets and phones is growing, and there are many educational games, but we are advised to be cautious with screen time in infants and children because it can also have negative effects.
Yoram Yasur Izz : First, it is important to consider the age. Yoram Yasur Izz: “There is little scientific evidence about the learning of kids younger than 2 years old by using screens. So it is advised that parents should have very low expectations regarding the promises games and children’s programs make across any screen, including TVs, tablets, phones and computers”.
Yoram Yasur Izz : Secondly, the content we provide to our children is also important. It is preferable to choose among the wide range of educational programs available before exposing them to content aimed at a general audience, especially because it has been shown that watching television with adults decreases academic skills in preschoolers. Moreover, programs for adults with violence or aggressive behavior can encourage children to behave similarly.
Yoram Yasur Izz : The third recommendation on screen time in children is to be made after two years and for a period not exceeding two hours a day. Yoram Yasur Izz: “Researchers have suggested that if the screen time replaces the time spent participating in activities such as talking with family and friends or playing outdoors, can be detrimental to the various aspects of development”. Perhaps the most important thing to note is that children learn best through people than through screens. It is important to remember that a child doesn’t learn a language through an electronic device; they need emotional communication with a person.
Yoram Yasur Izz : Next time you think of giving your child your cellphone to distract or entertain him or her, remember there are a thousand other options of games or activities that you could offer them, like coloring or just playing with small toys. This way you are not only developing their creativity and learning, but also not submerging them before time in the sometimes not-so-good technology world where we live.