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Screen Time And Young Minds

April 24, 2019

I think this sage advice.

I also think reading actual books to kids from the start, and then cursive writing starting in second grade is important, too. I love my technology but I am concerned about what screens and the instantaneous digital flipping to new images, pages, etc. does to a young forming mind.  I live in a city where I note kids too often are not outside doing what I did at their age, but instead hunkered down over a device inside—on gorgeous sunny days!

There has been a push in recent years to study what some experts call the “addictive” effects of some technologies, especially social media and online services such as YouTube that automatically play one video after another. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed legislation calling for the National Institutes of Health to conduct a $40 million, multiyear study of the effect of technology, screen time and online media on infants and other children.

“Today, kids’ heads are often buried in their glowing devices, while parents are left in the dark about the impacts of that technology. As a society, we must be clear eyed about all of the implications of children’s media use,” Markey said in a statement when he introduced the bill in February.

“The action comes amid growing research into the developmental effects of the widespread use of computers and mobile devices by children. One of the concerns is that the mesmerizing effects of videos keep young children from connecting with their parents and others, a key facet in building the sophisticated social skills that are a central to human development.

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