The rigmarole, of why a television set is called an idiot box, has been going on for ages. Some say it is because excessive watching changes our personalities, affects relationships, causes noise pollution, reduces physical interaction with people, while some also say that researchers have proved the deterioration in health and performance in children who are addicted to screen time. I was surprised that bad eyesight wasn’t one of the disadvantages because that is what we have been hearing since we were little. Because of these reasons, instead of making use of the parental settings, we find it easier to completely avoid access to the kids.
And, now we also have our smart phones which have replaced gaming devices, computers, radios or music players, personal organizers, cameras, navigation devices, telephones, clocks, flashlights, books and also the televisions themselves. There are a lot more that you can do with your smartphones and therefore it is called the true-all-in-one gadget. So, we have passwords to avoid the kids from accessing it because many of us feel that device time is a total no-no.
But, personally, I feel that screen time can
be both; a boon and a curse, in many ways. Of course, all the curses are
mentioned above, then, what are the boons? Are there any? Can you think of
some? I’m probably writing what some of you may also believe in but for those
who feel that screen time is a strict no-no, maybe you could give it a second
Limited outdoor fun – As all of us are
aware, to accommodate the rising population and increase of nuclear families, a
number of structures have resulted in the cutting down of trees, demolishing of
illegal roadside stores and destruction of huge grounds that were once used by us,
and the previous generations, to play. There are limited outdoor activities
available to kids compared to hours during the day, especially on holidays. An
hour a day is probably a good amount of time to keep them busy with a kid
Up to date with technology – Young
minds absorb a lot and there are many features that they learn about before us.
When I initially began using the smartphone, I did not make use of half the
features that were in it. We slowly learnt how easy our lives could get when
you downloaded applications and for example, opened a fixed deposit without
having to do the tedious job of visiting the bank itself. Teenagers of today,
know the different applications used or can be taught how to save money with
just a click. Many of them are aware of how to contact whom in case of an
emergency. Basically, a smartphone helps them to easily connect with the
outside world and be aware of the latest technologies.
Interactive cartoons – While there are
many hopeless cartoons today, there are plenty of cartoons which you can allow
the little ones to watch and be occupied with. Channel Baby TV cartoons had
some good stuff that sometimes put my baby to sleep. Channel Disney Junior has
some cartoons that help the kids to understand how to solve a problem. Channel
Nick Junior has cartoons like Dora the Explorer and Diego who are independent kids
who find their way around and help others. I have found my kids, who are
totally engrossed in the cartoon actually responding to their questions on what
to use or which path to take. I totally loved the engagement it had with the
Educative videos – Honestly speaking,
my daughter learnt her alphabets, numbers and colours from videos on YouTube. I
would read to her every night but I was happily surprised when she sang the
alphabet song and counted her Jenga bricks with her cute little baby accent. She
would also correct me when I pronounced the alphabet Z as ‘Zed’ instead of ‘Zee’.
Brain racking games – There are plenty
of games online but the ones that my husband and I, as parents, allow the kids
to play are the math games, word games and strategic games. Pictionary is a
game that my daughter had learnt because I played it often. So, I guess if we
introduce them to such games and show them how excited we, ourselves, get while
playing them, they should follow in your footsteps, at least during their
Having said all this, the above can only be a boon if a careful watch is kept on their screen time. Also, instead of completely avoiding the screen time, I think it is necessary to discipline and teach our kids how to have a restricted period for screen time. What do you think of this article? What are your views on screen time?
#LetsBlogwithPri is a Blog Train hosted by Prisha Lalwani, Author at Mummasaurus. I wholeheartedly thank Shreya Gautam, Author at Four Tiny Feet, for introducing me in her blog about what we mothers have left behind. Also, I would like to introduce Gayatri, Author at MotherlyMess. Do read her blog on disciplining our kids.
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