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Thursday, May 1, 2014
National Screen Free Week is May 5-11! Learn How You Can Dial Down Your Family’s Screen Time and Give your Family a Digital Detox
Sense Media reports that 40% of children under 2 years old have used
smart phones and tablets. By now we know that most of our kids, and
even ourselves, could use a digitaldetox.
you know that the average 8 to 18 year old looks at a screen around
7.5 hours a day? Did you also know that 1/3 of children have a
television in their bedroom? Or that excessive screen time can be
causing your child to be losing sleep, falling behind on school
projects and increase their risk of health diseases caused by
week (May 5-11) is National Screen Free Week and, as I am sure you
know, kids today are spending so much time in front of various
screens (TVs, phones, tablets, video games, etc.). With that in
mind, please check
Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life.com
for valuable screen time information and expert advice on how you can
dialdown your family’s screen time and give your family a DigitalDetox.
my youngest started developing addictive tendencies toward anything
digital and he has been in a digital detox for the past 3 months.
Yep, 3 months! No computer, video games, smartphones, or tablets. He
was very resistant to this “detox” and in all honesty I thought
he wouldn't last more than 2 days but surprisingly he has taken this
detox very serious. He now plays outside more often, is more relax,
happier, more focused and has dramatically increased his grades at
school. He plays the flute and practices Taekwondo every day. When we
go to places that have a video game section, he doesn't even go to
see what's new. He just lost interest and has replaced his digital
obsession with playing with legos. So at the end, it has been a win,
win situation for everyone. I'm planing to return some of his
privileges once school is over but this time I'll enforce a digital
detox at least one a week. Children just don't have the capacity to
do a detox unless it's enforced by a parent.
Have you ever enforced a digital detox at home? Tell us how it went!