Exposure of children before bed to the blue light emitted by electronic devices negatively influences the circadian rhythm, as evidenced by some recent research in the UK. According to them, teenagers and children who spend more than five hours a day in front of the screens frequently complain of headaches, are not interested in sports or other activities and are antisocial.
Dan Cruceru (TV presenter and parenting blogger)
“We, as a family, are quite relaxed on this subject. I’ve learned over time that you can’t keep kids away from such gadgets. And especially this year almost everything has moved online, so in front of the screen. However, we manage to strike a balance. In fact, this is what a parent should look for on this subject as well: balance. Sophia (9 years old) has her own phone, but it is limited in terms of application time. He usually spends about an hour a day in front of his phone or tablet. Plus when he has online classes on the computer. But most of the time, she prefers to go out with her gang of friends. As for electronic games, I admit that we are lucky. She has a few toys on her phone, but she hasn’t been too captivated so far. So we don’t have gaming consoles in the house. And even if we had them, I still think we would have found the balance regarding them as well ”.
Raluca Anton (psychologist doctor)
“Today, technology is part of a child’s life. These generations of children are digitally natives, towards us, their parents, who are learners of technology – it is not natural for us to use it, but we have adapted to it. Today’s children are born with all the electronic devices around them, in their home and, moreover, the vast majority of them are exposed to technology as an extension of their parents’ hand. In addition, all these gadgets are built in such a way that they come to children like a glove and give them a stimulation that they do not find in everyday life and at a much faster pace. So we can’t expect them not to be attracted to these objects or not to integrate their gadgets into their lives as something natural, something that is so “since the world and the earth” (at least since it is their world ). What is important in all this, however, as in anything in our lives is balance, balance, weight. There are studies that show that the exposure to gadgets of children under two years should be as limited as possible, and then, as the child grows, the exposure time should gradually increase with age.
In two years it would be about 20 minutes a day, and as you get older it would be better not to exceed an hour. Why? Because the long exposure time – be careful! the child cannot count it while immersed in a game or a cartoon – it can lead to long-term negative effects, one of the best known being the inability to keep his attention focused for longer periods of time to tasks they have to complete at school, tasks that have a much slower pace and much less stimulation than a game or a cartoon. In short, gadgets are part of children’s lives, but the way they are part of their lives must be guided by parents and balance is the measure for whatever emotional health means. ”