Increased digital screen use, face masks and winter weather combine to form a triple threat to eye health: The dry eye triad. Here’s how to combat the resulting eye fatigue, irritation and discomfort.
Every small change to promote healthy levels of screen time is a step in the right direction for the health, wellbeing and development of children.
A widely reported study didn’t ring any alarm bells for children’s increasing screen time, but neither did it give heavy use of devices the all-clear.
Studies have shown a drop in physical activity for kids during lockdowns, which could impact their long term health. But their mums are getting more active.
Analysis of 46 studies indicates that there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the long-term impacts of digital device use on cognition.
Social media isn’t just mirroring conflicts happening in schools and on streets – it’s intensifying and triggering new disputes.
Young children may find it harder to control their attention if they use touchscreens regularly.
Too much screen time doesn’t leave enough time for other important parts of growing up. Predicting which little kids will likely grow into heavy tech users could help target educational campaigns.
Make sure your kids know that if they do see something that upsets them, you won’t be angry at them for telling you about it.
Some health products haven’t been tested for the benefits that they claim to produce. Blue-light blocking lenses are promoted as helping sleep cycles, but there is no evidence to support this.
Understanding others’ emotions is a crucial social skill. Counter to concerns about screen time stunting kids’ development, one study suggests they’re getting better at recognizing emotion on screen.
As the pandemic moves us indoors, it’s time to reconsider our understanding of ‘screen time’ – especially since we’re relying on our devices now more than ever.
Families may want to relax some of their usual rules for digital media use due to social distancing. But keeping bedtime screen-free still makes sense.
There are ways to use tech to help kids learn, explore their interests and get creative.
Parents who use screens excessively in front of their kids may unwittingly sow the seeds of screen addiction and its consequences.
Too much studying and staying indoors are more likely to blame for the rise in the number of children with myopia, or short-sightedness.
Most Canadian children spend too much time on screens and don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables. Fathers can help by modelling healthy behaviours and getting involved in research.
It’s not too late for a New Year’s resolution. If you’re a parent - resolving to stop ‘technofering’ could be one of the most important things you do this year.
Practice and experience is vital for acquiring a motor skill like handwriting.
We need to shift the focus away from parenting that relies on threats and rewards, to one that nurtures meaningful parent-child and child-technology relationships.