One of the reasons why too much screen time is so detrimental is that it prevents children from being active.
When it comes to screens, we lose all track of time.
How many times have you sat down “for just a minute” and when you looked at the clock an hour had gone by? It’s the same with kids.
Countless times I have said, “After this cartoon is over, we are turning off the TV.” And 5 cartoons later they are still sitting there watching TV.
It is far too easy to let the TV babysit our children.
When we need to keep them out of the kitchen while we make dinner
When we are cleaning the house and need to keep them contained to one room
When we’re on an important phone call
The average child spends approximately 7 hours a day with screens.
Just pause for a moment and let that sink in. 7 hours.
Sadly, statistics are now showing the consequences of kids who spend too much time in front of the TV or playing video games and too little time outside.
Not just with childhood obesity, which is an epidemic…
but with low levels of concetration
poor sleep habits
impaired social interaction
What really shocked me was this article on how excessive screen time actually causes damage to the brain.
I am now halfway through this series and am more convinced than ever that we need to do all we can to control the screens in our homes and encourage as much creativity and physical activity as we can.
So, let’s get to it!
Today – go grab the funnest, loudest, craziest CD you own, crank it up and have a dance party.
Make it even more fun by turning out the lights, giving everyone a flash light or glow stick and creating a really fun atmosphere!
Burn those calories with your kids!
The physical activity will release endorphins into your system that will not only give you more energy, they will also make you super happy.
And from today, let’s make it a point to gradually cut back that screen time and increase physical activity in our children!
This post is day 17 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.