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Gina Badalaty is a lifestyle blogger for moms raising kids with special needs. She is passionate about living a nontoxic life, inclusion for kids with disabilities and technology to help kids thrive.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Apr 19, 2017
Having two children with learning disabilities and speech difficulties, I can say that modern technology has been a blessing to our family. The iPad has given my children a way to communicate, the computer has helped them write and apps have improved their academic skills. However, until recently, I had not realized how much they were using technology at school as well as at home. Their screen time was nearly double what I thought it was.
Unfortunately, research today shows that too much screen time is not healthy for children. Unhealthy after-effects can include sleep disruption, inability to recognize emotions, sensory overload and a hyper-aroused nervous system, obesity, stress, aggression and poor focus, to name a few. Additionally, kids can become addicted, with some experts comparing its affects to those of cocaine. Autistic children and teens have even more difficulty unplugging, since social engagement is already a challenge for them.
What's the solution? The reality is that TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets are a necessity of modern life and can help your child thrive. However, parents need to teach children good habits to prevent them from spending a dozen hours a day in front of screens. Right now, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of two avoid screen time altogether and that older children are limited to two hours per day.
As a parent, how can you ensure that your child's screen time is being put to good use and reduce unnecessary viewing? Here are a few tips to optimize your child's screen time:
Parental control software, like Net Nanny® helps parents maintain their house rules by being able to customize screen time usage and filtering settings
Technology is an important tool for children with special needs, but wisely managing screen time will also help keep their brains functioning at optimal levels. What do you do to optimize your child's screen time?