Should you strictly limit your child’s screen time?

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by shree kant bohra on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Section
Society

Session type
Lecture

Technical level
Beginner

Objective

“Screen time” is a term used for activities done in front of a screen, such as watching TV, working on a computer, or playing video games. Lot of research and debate is going on about how much screen time is enough and how badly it is affecting the mental and physical growth of our future generation.

Are we too far now in digitizing the childhood? Is it good, is it bad?

Description

Number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.

There is little doubt, that the objects and daily patterns of children’s play are changing, often to the detriment of outdoor activities. While, to some extent, the indoor virtual world of computer gaming can help children in memory training, learning and problem-solving activities, children are becoming alienated from nature, referred as ‘nature-deficit disorder.’

Do you think parents should restrict children on use of technology? What is the optimal time? How much technology is enough for kids? We will debate on this issue as well as disucss ideas and solutions.

Requirements

Yourself

Speaker bio

I am co-founder at Geekybuddha Games. At Geekybuddha Games, we make physical board games and are currently developing an electronics toy for outdoor playing. We have been working with parents and children in various schools to better understand how technology is shaping the childhood of the next generation.