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Screen Time – A boon or curse?

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 thought.

  1. 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 friendly movie.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 kids.
  4. 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’.
  5. 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 younger years.

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?

Limiting screen time
Limited Screen Time

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Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva, a belly dancer, writer and artist, besides being a mother of two. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is more about her on the ABOUT ME page. Do check it out! :) Do like the facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/blogaberry/

19 Comments

  1. Gayatri says:

    Great post. I believe Limited screen time is required. We moms need a break too. Especially when u r out of ideas to engage them. Or when we are out for a meal. I mean i deserve to have atleast one peaceful meal.

  2. Kavita Singh says:

    Very well written. I agree that anything done with discipline is okay. A bit of screentime in a day works for us mamas too as we get a little breather for ourselves.

  3. Sneha Jubin says:

    I really dont know what i would do without screen time. I totally agree to your post. If a strict watch is kept on the content being watched then its definetly a boon.

  4. You spoke my mind. Screen time has a lot of benefits! All we do is scream about disadvantages but is it really good to completely block screen time? Nope!!! Absolutely agree with your point of view.

  5. […] Screen time: I agree that watching the ‘idiot box’ for a long time is not good for the eyes but now-a-days there are loads of educative cartoons on it. Dora the Explorer has taught my child Spanish numbers and ideas on how to follow a path. Baby TV has educated my children in a number of ways, so, limited device time has proven to be beneficial to us. Read more here. […]

  6. Shreya gautam says:

    Very true cindy.. If its in moderation, its not as bad.. I think its not wise to completely cut them off these gadgets

  7. Agree with you Cindy. Screen time can also be a boon if controlled. I have written this post on similar topic earlier
    https://www.fantasticfeathers.in/2018/09/how-tv-time-can-help-in-learning-for.html?m=1

  8. Cindy a brilliantly written article. Personally, I too feel that we cannot completely eliminate screen time from our children’s lives as they have become a necessity these days. But, yrs control can be exercised on the screen time. 😊

    • Yeah! Devices have always been exciting … I remember the time when we first began using the computer.. I was hooked… so cannot blame the kids of today! Thanks so much for reading!

  9. Anoushka says:

    I think this is one of the questions I ask myself on a daily basis and I agree to a lot of things you said here. Your point 1, so true! I also believe that the limited outdoor fun is also because its not safe anymore. You can’t just send your child while you finish your chores (something which we did as children, by the time we were done playing our moms had finished cooking dinner), we NEED to accompany the child (cant even trust helps for that), and your points 3 & 4, I swear its the same with my son, he says all the words, alphabets and numbers as he learned in an accent of sorts and yes he too never says “Zed”, it is “Zee”.
    I know of times when to have some sane time to myself I have just switched on the TV, but at the same time I believe strictly in restricting it to the minimum I can in a day. Nicely Done Cindy!!

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