How Much Time is Your Child Spending on Technology?

She looked at her students and asked “Raise your hand if you watch television while eating dinner?” All except two hands out of her 20 students were seen.

Children are using technology in their daily lives more than ever before. Some children have access to technology from the moment they wake up; to learning in the classroom, while eating dinner at home and it could be the last thing they see before they shut their eyes.

According to Kids Matter, 35% of children in 2015 from aged 8 to 11 owned a mobile phone with the vast majority (95%) having accessed the internet within the last four weeks.

While the internet provides excellent resources for educational purposes, Kids Matter reports the top four websites between 8 and 11 year olds in 2015 were YouTube, Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin and Facebook.

Children as young as 8 years old are lying about their age to access Facebook and while using this social media network, are at risk of personal information becoming public. Personal information such as full names, phone number, photos of themselves, home address and name of their school.

While parents need to observe what their child is up to on the internet, including providing consistent supervising and advice, we need to also need at the negative effects it has on children including the lack of exercise.

The heart foundation reports 80% of children between the ages of 5 and 17 are not getting daily exercise.

Between the ages of 5 and 17 children should receive at least 60 minutes of aerobic activity or more per day.

The more children spend on their technology, the less time they will have to spend outside, which is what they really need. Getting your kids to play outside will not only help them stay physically healthy, but is proven to increase their attention, creativity, and problem solving skills.

No doubt children are fascinated by the internet, but it’s never too late to start now, put the phone, iPad, computer or Xbox box down, turn it off and go outside.

 

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