Sure, it can have mind-numbing effects. And another study out of Iowa discovered children sleep more, do better in school, behave better and have additional health benefits when parents limit the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV. But what that really means is you just have to use it sparingly. If you’re smart about it, and regulate the content, screen time can have a ton of positives: It’s an awesome bonding experience between friends, parents and children. It saves car-rides and Saturday mornings; and if you pick the right shows, you can actually learn something. On top of all this, surgeons who play videogames make 37% fewer mistakes! 37 percent! So lose the guilt, break out the controllers, and treat your family to a little bit of (well-regulated, appropriately-themed) screen time tonight.
We think screen time is not always bad because-
1. PARENTS NEED A BREAK
Even if you plop down and enjoy a show with them, screen time acts as an oasis of rest, saving the mental health of every single parent out there. If turning on a movie or show for a little bit can totally captivate them so you can recharge, it’s worth it.
2.VIDEOGAMES CAN BENEFIT THE BRAIN
According to a pair of researchers at the University of Rochester in New York, people who play video games are better able to process visual information and are better attuned to their surroundings while performing certain tasks, like driving.
3. YOU HAD PLENTY AS A KID
Waking up early with siblings on a Saturday morning to watch Series and serial.You probably spent a ton of time on the couch as a kid. Isn’t it hypocritical to start railing against screen time now?
4.BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS AND THEIR FRIENDS
can deny this. When you see your children cozied up on the couch with their friends and neighbors, connections are being made. Minds are melding (and maybe melting). Relationships building. There may be other ways to bond, that’s true, but watching TV and movies together is one of the strongest.
5.IT’S A BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS AND PARENTS
How often do you get to team-up with your children and competitively drive towards a goal together? Sure, real-life offers those kind of moments here and there: maybe a school project, or a parent-kid challenge. But with videogames, any time you want, you have at your fingertips an opportunity to cooperate with your kids in a competitive situation.
6. SCREEN TIME CAN BE EDUCATIONAL
Kids between the ages of 4-5 who participated showed increases in letter recognition, sounds association with letters and understanding basic concepts about stories and print. The key for this study was having high-quality educational titles, along with parents and teachers who were equally invested in the subject matter.
7. WE CAN SLEEP IN!
When kids are old enough to wake up and turn on the TV on a Saturday morning, and let mommy and daddy sleep a little longer, it’s like God himself parted the heavens and shined his warmth back into our lives. Sleeping in on the weekends is life itself returning. You can thank screen time for that.
- 8. SCREEN TIME CAN BE SOCIAL
Skyping, Face-timing, Email, Facebook – Almost all modern forms of communication take place using a screen. Screen Time keeps us in touch with our loved ones. How can that be a bad thing?
Playing endless games of hide and seek with your toddler can get tiring very quickly. And sometimes parents need a break from pretending to notknow the very obvious spot there child is hiding. Well, you no longer have to feel guilty about letting your kids plop down in front of the television for an hour or two or letting them play on an iPad, because it’s been proven, that in certain circumstances, screen time for your kids can actually be beneficial.