Reply to Screen time in technology-driven world...
Anonymous

The concern with screen time and young children is that they aren’t getting the human to human interaction they need to develop social and communication skills. Kids listen and watch for verbal and physical cues when in discussion (words, facial expression and hand gestures). So with that, I read an article where it said certain type of screen exposure is ok for young kids - like FaceTiming. And if you are exposing your kids to shows..to try to pick out interactive ones where you can sit down and watch with them, and interact as well. Same with using a cell phone while with your child - they could be trying to get your attention but you may be so absorbed in your phone that you aren’t responding to them. But like others said - everything in moderation. I’m not one of those moms that managed to keep my child away from screens.. far from it. We had the tv on all day up until my son started to really pay attention which happened maybe around a year old. Then I started to control how long the tv was on and what we watched. Another mom told me the news was ok to watch since they would be watching an actual human being talk. Our pediatrician advised us not to let our son use the screen for more than an hour but let’s be honest... as a SAHM I need more than an hour to take care of myself, the house and just a mental break. Nap time doesn’t count either because I needed to nap too! Lol or clean up the mess that happened a few minutes before nap started.. As long as your son is reaching their physical, social and language comprehension milestones then I wouldn’t worry or feel guilty. Language production on the other hand is hard... kids will talk when they are ready. You can’t really use the argument that kids will need to be exposed to technology because of the world today... they will get plenty of practice and technology education even in elementary school with computer lab time - where they play typing games and play with the art tools on there. They have plenty of time to get caught up with technology.