- Dr. Megan Westbrook
Computer Usage with Kids
They’re everywhere - computers, laptops, tablets, and cell phones! Screens are taking over our children’s lives. Not only are we using them more at home, but schools are teaching our kids how to use computers as early as age 3. There are many benefits to these technological advances, but what are some of the cons? There are several things to keep in mind when showing your little one how to use Netflix.
First of all, make sure you keep an eye on their posture. This can be difficult for young ones. They’re always moving around and usually lying in awkward positions. Do your best, though! Bad posture can lead to problems with the spine, poor circulation, and pain in muscles and joints.
Excessive screen time can lead to obesity. This is a hot topic and a huge issue we’re facing in the United States. More time in front of a screen leads to inactivity and possible snacking. Keep an eye on the time your child spends in front of the iPad and make sure they’re getting enough active play time.
Another issue that may arise from too much computer usage is that the child will slowly develop issues interacting with other children. For a child that plays too much Minecraft or watches too much Netflix, they may forget how to make friends, or play games with other kids their age. This can lead to issues later on in life such as problems with their relationships.
As you can see, there are a few things you need to keep in the forefront of your mind when letting your kids use tablets or phones. There are also many benefits to becoming competent with computers. Just keep this list in mind when letting your little one on the computer!