Screen Time for Kids and Digital Media Consumption
Written by Guest Blogger:
Julie Standish, Owner of CompuChild Services of America
Screen time can be described as the time spent viewing of TV/video, computer, electronic games, smart phones, or other visual devices. There is no disputing the fact that our children are growing up in front of screens. According to a Kaiser Foundation report, children as young as 8 years old spend nearly 7.5 hours a day consuming media in front of screens. Many younger children and even infants are subject to screen time as well.
To discuss whether or not our children should be exposed to any screen time is becoming a moot point. Technology is here to stay. It permeates throughout our society. Instead of trying to remove technology from our children’s lives, we should embrace the fact that technology is a part of our daily life. Even if you remove all digital media from your home, your children are likely to be exposed to it at school or at a friend’s house. As caregivers, our focus should not be avoidance but we should instead concentrate on how to give our children the skills they need to responsibly use technology.
Julie Standish is the owner of CompuChild Services of America, the nation’s leader in technology education for young children. Julie and her team of franchise owners are dedicated to preparing young children for the academic challenges of tomorrow through technology education today. She also keeps very busy with her three young test subjects, I mean, children.