Benefits of limiting screen time for kids of all age to reap health gains

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It’s a well known fact that kids of various age spend time on some sort of screens at least 7 hours a day. This number tends to increase for kids of 5th grade and higher to somewhere between 10 hours a day. Generally parents keep on neglecting this behaviour often as they take it as a part of their lifestyle.

Researchers at Iowa State University say the benefits of limiting screen time are small and not obvious, but that they compound over time

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If proper steps are taken to monitor kids behaviour then the benefits are huge as kids get more sleep, perform better in school both academically and behaviorally, and register lower body mass indexes and fewer obesity risks. But because parents don’t always see these effects, obvious though they may be, they don’t always enforce less screen time.

Some of the well known ways to limit screen time are as mentioned below

Communicate with your family

Explain to children that it’s important to sit less and move more in order to stay healthy. Health experts suggest no more than two hours of computer or television time per day unless it’s related to work or homework. Children younger than two should be kept away from the TV entirely. Don’t use TV time as reward or punishment; practices like this make TV seem even more important to children.

Be Active During Screen Time
When you spend time in front of the screen, do something active. Stretch, practice yoga poses, walk on a treadmill, or lift weights. Challenge the family to see who can do the most push-ups or jumping jacks during commercial breaks.

Create Screen-free Bedrooms
Don’t put a TV or computer in your child’s bedroom. Kids who have TVs in their rooms tend to watch about 1.5 hours more of TV per day than those who don’t. In addition, having a TV in their bedroom can keep kids from spending time with the rest of the family.

Focus on Family Time During Meals
Family meals are a great time to talk to each other. So, turn off the TV during meals. Better yet, if you have a TV in your eating area, remove it.Research shows that families who eat together tend to eat more nutritious meals. Make eating together a priority and try to have family meals at least two to three times a week. Begin with breakfast–it’s a great way to start the day.

As per American Academy of Pediatrics “Even if doctors or friends of parents only influence 10 percent to the parents, that’s still millions of children having much better health outcomes as a result.” This will indeed create an awareness and will also help in nation building as we all know kids are the future of the nations after all.

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