We all know what it’s like to get hooked on a T.V. show or a Facebook feed or an email to do list. It’s the plight of the modern man – the desire to be in the digital world versus the real world. A recent study highlighted how grown adults will choose an electric shock when sitting alone doing nothing for 15 minutes – a reflection of how reliant we are on being stimulated from the outside.
Now consider our children. Children aged 6 this year are the first to have grown up with the iPad their whole life (the iPad turned 7 this year). As our latest webinar special guest Dr Kristy Goodwin points out this may be why teachers have seen a significant increase in the number of learning difficulties such as higher rates of short-sightedness, socialization difficulties, poor fine motor skills, short attention spans… and the list goes on.
Dr Goodwin pointed out that screen time literally bombards their nervous system – this is one reason for the techno tantrum but also why kids find it hard to go from the screen to the dinner table. Eating is predominantly a sensory activity but if their nervous system and sensory system has been overloaded with screen use it’s hard for them to sit down to eat. One suggestion she had was to get them to do something physically active post screen time, especially before sitting down eat – like going for a walk, setting the table, giving them something to touch – something to calm them down to help re-calibrate their brain (and entire body for that matter). Time in nature is good – green time vs screen time. Emerging research of nature time shows that it helps slows the brain down.
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