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Kids are loving this Digital Media Age and have taken to it like fish to water. They own their screentime. Whether hooked to the Smartphone or to the Tv, they are embracing new technology and ever ready for the Future. Teachers may insist that kids need to be digitised to an extent that they are aware of the latest trends and not left behind in preparing for the future. They are undoubtedly monopolised by everything digital. Parents are worried when this nod of affirmation comes from the teachers because they know now that there are apps and tablets available for use even in classrooms. Are they turning into Digitial Addicts or just Digital Savvy? Earlier, we stuck to no more than 2 hours of Digital Media exposure daily and now that's just an alien thought. Is that fine line completely blurred out only to the Parents?
This means that there should be a limit to how much time Kids are on Digital media. And more importantly, they are safe and understand the rules of cyber threat. This may sound very over the top and overwhelming to introduce as concepts to small kids but if they can create alternate lives online or if they can edge themselves on pro gaming leadership boards this should not be as foreign to them as you would imagine.
We may be facing less time with them as they struggle to juggle Homework and Digital time but new studies have offered a new set of rules from the American Pediatric Society (AAP) that may offer us some clarity and direction in this digital confoundry.
For the new guidelines, the AAP identifies screen time as time spent using digital media for entertainment purposes. Other uses of media, such as online homework, don't really count as screen time.The academy recommends that for children 2 to 5 years of age, screen time should be limited to one hour per day. For kids ages 6 and older, parents can determine the restrictions time spent, as well as monitor the types of digital media their children use. Babies are most vulnerable to screens. Infants aged 18 months and younger should not be exposed to any digital media, the academy says.
The academy also recommends that families designate "media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms," according to the release. I know tough right, but its the Parents that need to have the rule set on them as well. We, as parents are the biggest role models and everytime we switch off that mobile we are actually connected.
To construct that Family Media Plan , do visit this page and find the right balance.