Screen time refers to the activeness done behind a screen, such as on computers, TVs, tablets and smartphones. It includes the time kids spend on social media, video games, watching the TV shows and movies, chatting and browsing. The growth of technology has enabled children to operate electronic devices. With this capability, children are spending too much time on screens to the point that it calls for parents to regulate kids screen time to avoid the negative effects associated with too much screen time.
Young people are fond of their devices as a cat is of milk (simile). They enjoy screen time because it requires little energy in comparison to other physical activities. Screen time helps children to learn computer skills such as using e-mail, typing school assignments. Screen time is also educational as a result of many educational websites and apps for kids. (Lanningham et al,. 2006) However, screen time has several adverse effects on kids, it causes kids to lose sleep or experience irregular sleep schedules from spending too much time on screens when they should be sleeping. Research has shown that young couch potatoes risk illness (metaphor).Too much screen time increases children’s risk for obesity because it doesn’t involve physical exercises. It may encourage violence in children when they become exposed to violent scenes on movies. It can lead to loss of kid’s social skills when much of their time gets spent on screens. (Boone et al,. 2007).
a role to play on controlling their kids’ screen time. Parents should encourage their children to practice physical activities like playing outdoor games. They should not allow their children to watch during meals or homework. Young people love screen time and so do many adults and parents (anaphora), parents should therefore become good role models and reduce their own screen time or shouldn’t they?(rhetorical question).
Despite its several benefits, screen time causes more harm to kids than good. Therefore, parents and adults have an obligation to manage their children’s screen time and save them from this sweet addiction (oxymoron) (Anderson et al,. 2008).
- Boone, J. E., Gordon-Larsen, P., Adair, L. S., & Popkin, B. M. (2007). Screen time and physical activity during adolescence: longitudinal effects on obesity in young adulthood. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 4(1)
- Lanningham-Foster, L., Jensen, T. B., Foster, R. C., Redmond, A. B., Walker, B. A., Heinz, D., Levine, J. A. (2006). Energy expenditure of sedentary screen time compared with active screen time for children. Pediatrics, 118(6), e1831-e1835.
- Anderson, S. E., Economos, C. D., & Must, A. (2008). Active play and screen time in US children aged 4 to 11 years in relation to sociodemographic and weight status characteristics: a nationally representative cross-sectional analysis. BMC Public health, 8(1), 1.