Excessive screen use can cause physical, social and psychological harms to your children

Whether it is a phone, tablet, TV or computer - technology is part of most adults’ everyday life. And it is not uncommon for a parent to pass a phone or tablet to a child to keep her amused so they can finish a task. The question is “when can technology safely be part of our children’s lives”?

Researchers who study the impact of technology on children caution parents to delay and to err on the side of less rather than more use because the research has not ‘caught up’ with what is happening in society in terms of the impact of technology on our children.
Numerous studies report that excessive or inappropriate use of technology can lead to physical, social and psychological harms to children. 

For example, did you know:

  • more children today need glasses for short-sightedness due to inappropriate screen use?
  • many children have poor posture as a result of excessive sitting and being hunched over computer games?
  • introduction of screens with young children can result in language delays?

Technology is not going away and parents need to be able to make informed decisions about TV, phones, games, tablets and computers. If you would like to know how to navigate your child’s use of technology to minimise the harms and to maximise the benefits, then you’ll find parenting expert, Dr Rosina McAlpine’s video on Technology and Children 0-11 years – the good, the bad and the unknown a valuable resource.

Dr Rosina’s approach to parenting is all about helping you to be the best parent you can be and to connect with your children so you can teach them how to succeed in the world. You’ll be able to create more loving relationships and a more peaceful home.

That’s why Win Win Parenting is a Win for parents and a Win for kids.