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Attention and screen time

Excessive screen time increases the risk of attention problems in children

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Paediatricians claim that electronic screen over-exposure has a bad influence on children’s concentration and attention span. This is because screen time can overstimulate the nervous system making it harder and harder for kids to focus.

Mobile devices prompt children to multitask between entertainment technologies and other tasks. However, our brain isn’t capable of effectively splitting focus between attention-demanding tasks. Thus, children become easy to distract and tend to be more diverted by irrelevant information than those who multitask less.

  • 90%

    children younger than 2 who watch some form of electronic media

  • 11%

    kids aged 4-17 years diagnosed with ADHD in the US

  • 16 minutes

    average daily time children spend on the computer for school tasks

There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks.

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The New York Times

Nov. 1, 2012

Problems arising from poor attention levels

Excessive screen time has been connected to attention loss in children. And attention issues are associated with further serious consequences such as negative learning outcomes, task-solving and memory difficulties. 

Problem-solving and decision making

Issue: Kids who are entertained primarily by online activities are often easily bored by slow-paced tasks and fixated on immediate gratification. In the long run, they start to give up on situations and tasks without persisting and are inclined to not engage with problems offering a delayed reward.  

Solution: Kidslox parental controls let you set time limits for entertainment apps.

Memory

Issue: The brain’s overstimulation by electronic media can potentially cause an imbalance in the area responsible for attention to critical tasks. Such overstimulation might result in problems with focus and memory in further life.

Solution: Benefit from Kidslox Daily Limits feature which allows setting boundaries for daily device usage.

Academic performance

Issue: Problems with attention and executive function caused by unhealthy digital attachment affect learning. Distracted attention usually leads to poor academic performance and has negative long-term results for a child’s education.

Solution: Block your child’s phone remotely with Kidslox during study time to help them concentrate on homework.

Strategies for reducing screen time and improving child attention

  • Limit general screen time on gadgets
  • Clear child’s homework place of screen distractions
  • Promote downtime from screens to aid memory formation
  • Create unplugged spaces and breaks
  • Don't allow screens in the bedroom

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Ashley Clark

happy mom from the United States