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PROJECT: THE PHYSICAL IMPACT OF EXTENDED SCREEN TIME ON CHILDREN

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Experts in psychology, neuroscience, and education study our senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, and other less-known ones like balance and body awareness). Their focus is to understand how what we sense shapes our behaviour.


Sensory behavioural implications refer to our senses' effects on our behaviour. People can react differently to the same sensory experience, leading to a wide variety of behaviours based on individual sensitivities and preferences.


New research has again confirmed Specialised Security Services' continuous plea to parents to control their children's screen time. The research suggests that young children exposed to prolonged hours of screen time from an early age may develop unusual behaviours related to their senses.


These children might seem uninterested in regular activities, crave more excitement, or are easily upset by things like loud noises or bright colours.


 

• Paediatricians’ study indicates that small children exposed to more screen time by age two could be more prone to seek or avoid intense sensory experiences by the time they are almost three years old.

• These habits are linked to how well their bodies handle sensory information, such as what they hear or see and how they comprehend the world around them.

• They have shown delays in learning and thinking abilities.

• Studies also show that more than seven hours of screen time a day was associated with changes in the brain's cortex, which matters for reasoning and decision-making.

• This study adds to the growing concern about screen time and its impact on children's development.

• It is becoming clear that limiting screen time in the early years could be essential for the growth and health of our children.

• Too much screen time early on during childhood could make children more likely to develop intense reactions to sensory experiences or, on the other hand, show less interest in or awareness of them.

• At one year, children with any screen viewing had more than double the risk of developing atypical sensory behaviours by 33 months.

• Each additional hour of screen time at 18 months was linked with a 23% increase in such behaviours.

• An extra hour at two years old was connected to a 20% hike in behaviours such as sensation seeking or avoiding.

• Adjustments were made in the research for factors including age, preterm birth, caregiver education, race/ethnicity, and the child's physical activity.

• Experts point out that these sensory behaviours could have implications for a child's learning and social interactions.

• Another survey notes a significant number of teens are virtually online "almost constantly," and those with over three hours of social media use daily are at double the risk for mental health issues.

 

IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR ACCOUNTABLE PARENTS:

• Sit down and decide how your family should use social media.

• Some things to discuss might include how much time everyone can spend online, what websites are appropriate to visit, and how to keep your personal information safe.

• Keep screen time short for little ones.

• Too much screen time is not advisable for kids under two years old.

• Try to keep screen time to just one hour daily for children between two and five.

• Say no to gadgets in certain places, for example, at the dining room table or in the family room. • Research shows that watching screens for over two hours at night can negatively influence your sleep by affecting the melatonin hormone.

• To help everyone sleep better, turn off all phones, computers, and TVs at least an hour before bedtime.

• Be the example and control your own use of your cell phone responsibly.

 

Specialised Security Services continuously warns against the criminal aspects arising when vulnerable children are exposed to unsuitable and ageinappropriate websites.

These dangers include manipulation, extortion, threats, grooming by predators, child pornography and even human trafficking. Future projects will again focus on these aspects; however, it is also critical to understand that too much screen time and improper websites will have a negative physical impact on your child.

 

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