“I have nothing to do.”, “I’m so bored.”
If you have kids, chances are, you have heard this about a hundred times a day. The tone and frequency would vary according to their ages but the sentiment is the same. Some would act out unless they’ve been glued to their gadgets and cell phones. Younger ones are becoming addicted to the screens causing behavioural dependence and numerous health risks.
One alarming study shows that the average busy adult will spend more time on their cell phones than eating and drinking. What more for children who have all these free time to be bored? Concentrating is becoming a problem. Basic communication and actual human interaction becomes limited. There is a reason some tech creators are not encouraging their own children to use these devices.
But lately, more adults are proactively helping their children away from screen time. Finding a way of entertaining kids through discovery and science. This has given rise to more physical activities and playtime for children either at schools or away from it. The more advanced activities could include Science experiments using ordinary objects or making intricate maps, even learning to play a musical instrument.
But these would possibly not work for very young children. Their attention span needs engaging yes, but it would be really hard to make them sit still for a minute much more an entire lesson. And if told not to touch things, you can bet that that would be the only thought they have for the day. And some kids schedules would rival that of an adult, trying to cram up as many activities as possible which could put the child in a lot of stress and instead of loving, makes them dread the days.
As parents and educators we want the best for our children and would naturally try our best to refrain giving them screen time. But we must take into consideration their ages, needs and natural inclination so as to raise well rounded little people.