Cutting kids’ screen time is nothing new. Since research has shown time and time again that digital overload can impair a child’s social, emotional and intellectual growth, most of us know the importance of placing media usage limits for our children. Yet, many of us don’t limit our own screen time even though research also finds that kids learn screen-time habits from their parents and caregivers.
As parents, we too are becoming increasingly ‘plugged in’. You forget a dua and the first thing you might do is google it up . If you are stumped on what to cook for dinner, you can browse through millions of recipes online. Your child has a wheezing cough, but you want a natural remedy, so you visit your favorite online holistic site. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or doing research, you always tend to end up online. While there is great value in technology and the internet, it is easy to go overboard and it is no wonder that addiction to technology is becoming a real problem in our society. Detox centers just for internet addicts are popping up all over the country and are becoming increasingly popular.
Being a blogger, I have to admit that between my phone and laptop, I end up racking up a lot of “screen time” each day. Recently, I have come to terms with the fact that despite having to blog, I use technology way more than I have to. From checking emails, updating Facebook and Instagram posts, pinning, tweeting and snapping, I find my fingers scrolling faster than the speed of light (or at least that is what it seems like). It’s not something to brag about, and definitely not a habit I want my kids to pick up. While we may rely more on technology these days, it is important to place some guidelines for ourselves, so we don’t go excessively beyond what is necessary.
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