What Effects Does Excessive Screen Time Have on Children’s Brains?

According to recent research published in one of the world’s most leading medical publications, children and young people who spend more time on screens have an increased chance of developing myopia, or short-sightedness.

Cell phone addiction is on the rise among children

Researchers and eye health specialists from Singapore, Australia, China, and the UK, including Professor Rupert Bourne from Anglia Ruskin University, conducted open-access study, which was published in The Lancet Digital Health (ARU). A total of over 3,000 papers were reviewed by the authors, which looked at the relationship between smart device use and myopia in children and adolescents from the age of three months to the age of thirty-three.

Studies have shown, after statistical analysis, that excessive use of smart device screens, such as using a smartphone, is linked with a 30 percent greater risk of myopia, and this risk increases to approximately an eighty percent when coupled with excessive computer usage.

Following the shutdown of schools due to the COVID-19 epidemic, millions of youngsters have spent considerable time utilizing remote learning techniques across the globe.

In the Vision and Eye Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Professor Bourne, Professor of Ophthalmology, stated: “Around half of the world population is projected to have myopia by 2050, therefore it is a health issue that is rapidly increasing.” Our research is the most thorough to date on the subject and suggests a connection between excessive screen usage and myopia in children and adolescents.

“This study comes at a time when our children are spending more time than ever staring at screens for extended periods of time owing to school closures, and it is apparent that urgent research is required to better understand how digital device exposure may damage our eyes and eyesight. As a result of the fact that individuals tend to overestimate their screen time, future research should make use of objective methods to collect this data.”

What Are the Consequences of Too Much Screen Time on Your Health?

A decrease in attention span, increased irritation, and bad conduct are all possible side effects of youngsters using digital gadgets for more than two hours a day. It’s possible that these symptoms will have an impact on all area of the child’s life, from academics to social relations. In addition, excessive use of digital gadgets may harm a person’s physical health by causing eye problems, bad posture, and other problems.

Furthermore, according to the findings of recent studies children who spend the bulk of their time inside have an increased chance of developing short-sightedness. Keeping your eyes focused on a screen for extended periods of time may create dryness and irritation in your eyes, which can lead to tiredness. Children’s screen usage also has a negative impact on their sleep. The blue light emitted by computers and mobile devices disrupts sleep cycles, according to research. So, parents should encourage their children to participate in other healthy and developmentally beneficial activities.

Guidelines for Parents on How to Help Children Reduce Their Use of Electronic Devices

  • Set a time limit for how much time you spend in front of the computer or other screen each day.
  • Sunlight is crucial for the growth of healthy eyes in children, so make sure they are exposed to enough amounts of it.
  • Digital media should not be used by babies less than 18 to 24 months.
  • Teach youngsters to take a 20-second break from the computer and concentrate on something at least 20 feet away.
  • Avoid using electronic devices while eating.
  • If your kids spend a lot of time on screens, start with modest objectives. Begin by halving their current screen time one to two hours per day.
  • Make certain areas of your house phone-free zones.
  • Make a strategy to store gadgets out of sight and engage children in other activities.
  • Make sure your kid isn’t exposed to too much violent content.
  • Get out with your children and enjoy some time in the fresh air.
  • Prevent your kid from using a digital gadget one hour before sleep.
  • As a parent, set a good example by using screens moderately. Do everything you can to model a balanced lifestyle for your children by becoming an example of it yourself.

Technology may be an excellent tool for educating and entertaining youngsters. Parents, on the other hand, should be mindful of the health concerns connected with too much screen time. Setting restrictions on your children’s screen usage isn’t enough to keep them safe. You must also provide an example of excellent health habits for your child’s future success. Reducing screen time offers health benefits, including improved physical health, lower obesity, and more opportunities to play and learn new things. According to current studies, reducing screen time may help children’s Social, physical and behavioral well-being, as well as their academic performance. You may find that limiting and monitoring your kid’s screen usage makes him or her crankier, but there are many benefits for your child in long run.

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