WHO Warning: Don’t Let Your Kids Use Electronic Screens
If you are a parent with toddlers, there is a recently discovered danger that you should know about. On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report warning against exposing toddlers to electronic screens. According to the report, “toddlers should spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none, to ensure that they grow up fit and well.” Not only does exposing young children to screens harm eyesight, but it also lays the foundation for a sedentary lifestyle that contributes to obesity.
According to the WHO report, approximately 40 million children around the world are overweight. This represents 6 percent of the total population of children. Spending too much time in front of screens forces kids to grow accustomed to passive activities such as watching cartoons or playing video games instead of normal physical games. If children do not go outside and play, they have a 75 percent chance of developing unhealthy lifestyles which eventually leads to chronic illnesses as they grow older.
So What Should You Do
The best way to ensure that your kids grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults is to reduce how much time they spend being passive. Whenever possible, take your kids to a playground and let them have fun until they get tired. This doesn’t just give them much needed exercise, it also means that once it’s time for them to sleep, they’ll be too tired to stay up. Good exercise and plenty of rest are crucial to the healthy development of children. Even though it might be easier for some parents to enjoy quiet time as their kids become fixated on screens, in the long run, the children will end up suffering from problems that could have been avoided.
As times change, parents need to adapt to the problems that and pitfalls that didn’t exist for prior generations. Technology adds a lot of value to our daily lives, but that doesn’t mean that we should use it blindly without a care in the world. Parents especially need to be on guard for the impact that screen technology has on kids. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.