Our Digital Footprint - May 2017

Our Digital Footprint

This Month: The Connection Between Your Child’s Brain and Media Use

Exposure to media (screens) impacts brain development and therefore human behavior in both positive and negative ways.

What kind of sensory input helps children thrive?

Not all screen time is the same - learning to read on a touchpad or skyping with grandma is very different than watching TV or gaming. How we use screens and technology in our lives can influence whether our children (and ourselves!) thrive or wither.

What are the possible negative impacts from media use?

Sleep Disturbances

  • The blue light emanating from our devices can inhibit the release of melatonin, an important sleep hormone. Here is what you can do about it: Technology and Sleep

Addiction? Is it possible to become addicted to gaming or our devices? Two views:

Screens & Attention Problems - TV viewing or gaming with rapid image changes at a young age might lead to attention problems.

How is it possible that your child can maintain intense focus when gaming and at other times be completely distractible?

What can we do about the “meltdown” that often happens when screen time is over?  

Great article explaining what happens in the brain to the visual processing center and the vestibular system when viewing screen media. PLUS a tip on how to transition your child OUT of “the digital trance” and avoid a meltdown.

If you are interested in making changes to your family’s screen time guidelines, this article has tips and guidelines broken down by age.

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