The July 24, 2013 Wall Street Journal published an article called “Toys for Tight Schedules”. In this article information by the Kaiser Family Foundation study found that children between ages 8 and 18 have increased the amount of media they consume to almost 71/2 hours a day as of 2009. ( Makes me wonder how much that has increased in the last four years!) Toy makers are also shortening the “play time” of their popular games to accommodate busy schedules! The example of Scrabble (Hasboro) was given which now only takes two minutes and 30 seconds for two players to complete a round of Scrabble Flash (Hasboro) and 3o minutes to complete Monopoly Empire (Hasboro)! Are we too busy to play?
I wanted to share with you comments taken from The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s newest postion on “screen time (tv, computer, Iphone, etc.) . In addition to “visual concerns”, my colleagues and I have also been concerned about the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome in younger adolescents as it results from repetivite motion as well as the impact of the motions on our children’s grow plates. Here are those comments from NAEYC: Suggested recommendations for Screen Time: Under age of 2: no screen time 2 to 5 years of age: One to two hours of TOTAL screen time per day. Concerns Eye fatigue, advancing nearsightedness, eye dryness Childhood obesity Irregular sleep patterns Focus and attention problems Impact on socialization/language development www.Allaboutvision.com recommends 20 (every 20 […]