“I need to let my son manage his game time now so he won’t go crazy gaming in college.” “If I limit my daughter’s social media she will want it more.” “My child tells me that they will “die” if I don’t get them a smart phone.” The ‘forbidden fruit’ theory says if you limit an activity…
A recent study has confirmed again what every mom already knows: technology use reduces our child’s ability to read non verbal social cues and emotional information from others. Even though you are looking at your digital screen as you read this, you can see that the photo on the left is much more descriptive than the emoticon on the right. But if you were actually in the room with this child many more of your senses would be activated as you would also hear the contagious belly laugh, watch the bouncing body movement and get the message loud and clear that this was a happy kid. You would feel it with your emotions and it would make you smile. The image on the right is more shallow and does not give the same cues. Very important emotional information is missing when we text, rather than when we talk face to face.
According to a new UCLA study, people need more face to face interaction away from screens. Digital media overuse/imbalance is causing a decline in our children’s ability to
Fox News Health just had a timely short clip by Dr. Manny Alvarez about children and cell phones and screens. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/05/05/are-smartphones-hurting-your-kids
Touch screen devices have no known benefits to a child but rather they are linked to lower verbal skills. The interaction with the screen touching buttons and swiping, delays