7 ways screen time can educate children

Jan 1, 2020 by

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Much to our dismay, there’s an obvious and unstoppable rise in average child’s screen usage today. For the past 15 years American Academy of Pediatrics has been emphasizing on reducing screen time for the children. There are plenty of articles and research papers constantly reminding us and wrecking our nerves about plenty of negative effects that it causes.

It’s a great dilemma that as much as the screen time is harmful for the children, there is speedy shift in the higher usage of electronic gadgets by the new generation. I would rather call it, the need of time. No matter how much the parents, teachers and pediatricians dislike the excess of usage, it has become the essential of every household. It takes a strongly strict set of parents and an old school mind-set, to keep the smaller children away from such gadgets. However, the current era requires children to be technology smart and up the stream of the digital world out there, from a very young age. There are ways and means by which you can turn the leisure screen time into a productive screen time. You can literally find websites, as good as kids early learning centres.

Do not turn it off

With the recent facts and figures, the control theory has taken a leap far beyond the verdict of, ‘turn it off’ media control. In this day and age, with the media all over, it is important that parents realise not all screen times are equal. Some games, applications and television shows are educative for preschool children. It depends on your choice of media itself how your child consumes it while you play your parental role wisely. Here are some ways that you can moderate your child’s exposure to the screen and put it to some beneficial use:

Encourage your child to use screens to follow their passions and interests

If you are a smart parent, you will encourage your child to use their screen time in following their passions and interests instead of playing video games and watching videos. Build a habit in your child to view such videos that talk about their hobbies and interest. For example, they can use their screen time to watch dinosaur videos, and learn all about the dinosaur age and their habitat. You leverage the ability of technology in building your child’s curiosity and intellectual levels. Try to reinforce a habit in your child click only to learn new developments in the field of their interest and if they have a true interest in some type of exclusive advance technology, use the screen time to research and watch videos related to such areas, like robotics, gene therapy and gene editing.

Content control

You as a parent or teacher have to be very affirmative in enforcing the type of content that they are allowed to use. Kids should be allowed to use only the content that is approved by you, keeping in mind the content rating but also the educative level while selecting the content your children will be consuming. Do not let your child decide what to watch or play and let it be the choice of an adult. This way you will turn the screen time into the beneficial content watch and learning through play. Those who are conscious about their child’s intellectual developments, expose their children only to the high-quality content and play on screen. It not only educates your child but also increases their IQ level, enhancing their learning abilities to another level. 

Exposure to media literacy

This is the age of digital media exposure for every age – young or old. There are channels available on the internet that can literally boost the children’s literacy level. I would rather call it media literacy. Recent studies suggest that the time your child spends on the computer could actually improve their grades. The early familiarity with computers for the children can make it an effective learning tool for your kids. There are various online courses available for all age groups. Mark the screen time consumed by your children into the literacy and as well as leisure time, in order to enforce since the early age that computers are not only for leisure or nuisance value. Screen time can also help in building your child’s learning experiences.

Training young brains

Screen time can also turn into training the young brains through games or educational television shows. A research study by the university of Michigan states that computer games boosted the brain level of the children aged between 8-9 years old. The computer games consisting of various challenges can result in the increase of the brains ability to perform and retain with the fifteen minutes of everyday training. Children who are actively participating in online game challenges or educational tests, have better reasoning and problem-solving abilities as compared to other groups of children. Medium literacy of pre-school aged children through the television shows or online video games, helps in recognising alphabets and expedite the reading skills and better spelling recognitions.

Individual experience

Children can work through a computer program and receive instant feedback about his or her performances. There are children who struggle to pick up the knowledge and require more time to understand. It is difficult for the teachers to cater simultaneously with the children of different abilities, while the computers have the freedom for the students of a different calibre by providing individual challenges.

Screen time directly linked with value system

You can link the screen time to your value system by enforcing your set of rules and limiting their viewing consumption. This is not only being done because of limiting your child from viewing inappropriate content. This would be helpful in making them understand the value system set by you at the foundation of this limited screen time decision. This can be the best time to exhibit what type of behaviour is acceptable to you.

Mark the consequences and stick to them

You as a parent or teacher have to be very affirmative in enforcing the type of content that they are allowed to use. Kids should be allowed to use only the content that is approved by you, keeping in mind the content rating but also the educative level while selecting the content your children will be consuming. Do not let your child decide what to watch or play and let it be the choice of an adult. This way you will turn the screen time into the beneficial content watch and learning through play. Those who are conscious about their child’s intellectual developments, expose their children only to the high-quality content and play on screen. It not only educates your child but also increases their IQ level, enhancing their learning abilities to another level.

The Takeaway:

It is important for parents to recognise the importance of not pulling back the children from all types off screen activities. They should rather provide them some restricted screen time with the specified content activities that their children would consume. For the early learners, teachers and parents should provide with appropriate educational content for their children and monitor the time to be used effectively in their educational activities. Provide preschool children with the shows and games that are developmentally appropriate. 

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