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How Screen Usage Affect Children?

How Screen Usage Affect Children

Screen Usage Affect Children physical and mental health

Babies and toddlers love playing with smartphones and tablets, and quickly get the hang of them.

How Screen Usage Affect Children
How Screen Usage Affect Children

When you’re a busy parent, it’s an easy way to keep your baby or young child entertained while you cook the dinner or finish a car journey. You may also feel it’s important for your child to get a head start on learning digital skills.

Kids, Computers and Computer Vision

Kids and computers are nearly inseparable these days. With many school-age kids and even preschoolers spending hours in front of a computer every day, it’s worth considering what effects computers might have on your children’s eyes and their vision.

  1. Is computer use bad for a child’s eyes.

  2. Does it help or hurt school performance.

  3. Should kids wear computer glasses at school.

How to Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Computer-Related Vision Problems

To reduce your youngster’s risk of childhood computer vision syndrome and computer ergonomics problems, make sure he or she is seated comfortably and has a “neutral” posture when working at the computer. Characteristics of this posture include:

  1. Hands are nearly level with forearm, with little wrist bend.

  2. Feet are flat on the floor or a footrest, with knees forming at least a 90-degree angle. (The angle behind the knee should be open; don’t tuck legs under the chair.)

  3. Forearms are flat on the desk, with the elbows forming at least a 90-degree angle.

  4. Upper arms are close to the body and relaxed, not angled away from his sides or tilted forward.

  5. Back is straight and shoulders back but relaxed. Avoid slumping forward over the keyboard.

  6. Head is balanced on neck, not tilted back or forward. Computer screen should be positioned approximately 15 degrees below eye level.

Doctors advise some simple steps to keep screen time in check:

  • Limit your toddler’s exposure as much as possible. Bear in mind that, as a busy parent, it’s easy to overestimate how active your child is.

  • Keep TVs and computers out of your child’s bedroom.

  • Don’t let your child be on a screen for more than two hours a day in total. Help your child to monitor her screen use so that she can develop an awareness of time spent. That way she’ll learn to manage screen time as she grows./span>

  • Choose programmes that have an educational element.

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