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Recognize that screen time Turning the brains of our kids and do-over the bodies.

Before the epidemic and especially parents, physicians and researchers have been gravitating to a more nuanced message that can be both comfortable and confusing: timing or technology for the screen can be good for children but also bad. It depends.

Dr. Child development expert and mom Colin Russo Johnson said it is long-term to stay away from extreme and unrealistic ideas about children’s screen time. She told me that kids are a little bit cynical about what technology should and shouldn’t do with the media. And it will be helpful if the caregivers do not like their choices.

“We have to stop seeing this as a black-and-white issue,” Dr. Russo Johnson told me. “You don’t want your kids to always have glue on the screens. “That’s common sense,” he said. “But these things are not evil. There are so many variations, and not all are created uniformly. ”

Dr. Russo Johnson co-founded the Children’s Media and Technology co g company, so if parents believe the screen time is right. But it’s one of the many voices calling for a reconsideration of the look that time with technology is all bad.

Dr. Russo Johnson said that extreme messages about children’s technology are especially harmful for parents for whom providing screen time may be the best option. Maybe playing outside is unavailable or unsafe, and some parents need to come on screen while their children are rumbling at work and other responsibilities.

During the epidemic, Dr. Russo Johnson said, “Everyone experienced that reality for a moment.” More than this, parents and researchers agree that it is not always clear what “healthy balance” is for children with screens.

So how do we move from the point of view of screen time making young people into monsters? Dr. Russo Johnson had some ways for parents to think about screen time – although those are not the rules. There are no rules! She said parents may ask a question: “How does this particular device or screen, technology or feature grow or disrupt the experience?”

Dr. Russo Johnson said caregivers can invent digital media or technology that encourages young children to be creative and engage in activities away from the screen, such as going on a swinger hunt or playing dress-up with sc nscreen prompts.

He is a fan of Toka Boca and Sago Mini apps that encourage young children to explore open end games without further notice. Dr. Russo Johnson’s company, OK Play, makes children and their families the central characters in stories and games.

That’s not to say that more passive activities like watching videos are all bad, he said. When possible, parents can use the app with their children, as they use the app, read a book or watch a screensaver, but not always, it can be great. Loneliness is also good for children. Again, no rules!

If you don’t pay attention to what your kids do online, they will find some bad corners of the internet. But Dr. Russo Johnson said parents shouldn’t worry too much if kids get out of the carefully manicured digital world. She said she was once showing her 4-year-old daughter videos of French songs, walked away for a while and saw her daughter depicting badly scripted story lines of toys watching YouTube videos.

Instead of freaking out, Dr. Rousseau told Johnson that it was helpful to ask himself why his daughter had led him to the videos.

She acknowledges that the lack of clear rules and the amount of technology available to children can also feel like a burden. “With the help of streaming and apps, anyone can publish anything that works more on parents.”

I asked her why expert recommendations about children and technology and the beliefs of so many parents have been focused on fear for so long.

Dr. Russo Johnson said that view reflects the perennial discomfort about children and the way we react to anything new.

“Child development never happens at the pace of research technology,” he said, “and we will default to make fear-based decisions … so many people will take the approach, if we don’t know for sure, then it’s bad and we should avoid it.” . “


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