Do you know what your son is doing when he is using internet-connected devices, or how the smart phone you have gifted in his birthday affects him? Most of the parents are desperate with internet, because it negatively influences young people more than one can think of. Their imagination power, ability to think different things, capacity to focus on the lessons and behaviours are easily affected when they use internet.
American Academy of Pediatrics published an article about children and media. Here is some advice:
- Limit the amount of total entertainment screen time to <1 to 2 hours per day.
- Discourage screen media exposure for children <2 years of age.
- Keep the TV set and internet-connected electronic devices out of the child’s bedroom.
- Monitor what media children are using and accessing, including any Web sites they are visiting and social media sites they may be using.
- Coview TV, movies, and videos with children and teenagers, and use this as a way of discussing important family values.
- Model active parenting by establishing a family home use plan for all media. As part of the plan, enforce a mealtime and bedtime “curfew” for media devices, including cell phones. Establish reasonable but firm rules about cell phones, texting, Internet, and social media use.