Our kids are living in the digital era where technology proliferates. As such, it is important to use technology appropriately to support early learning and development.
In a young child, brain development is stimulated through human touch and interaction, which promotes attachment and bonding.
Introducing electronic devices to your kid can result in reduced human touch and interaction and, hence, relationship development.
Studies have shown that long hours of screen time can affect physical growth and cause health issues, says Karen Tan, senior education development specialist at NTUC First Campus.
When a child stares at a screen, his mind and senses become disengaged from the environment. He misses out on meaningful interaction with his parents and siblings.
Although some apps can be useful in teaching and learning, parents must not allow devices to serve as “babysitters”, Karen reminds.
Set clear boundaries on screen time for your child, and follow these recommended time limits:
– Children under the age of two: No screen time.
– Between ages two and five: An hour a day or less.
– Between ages five and six: Two hours a day.