Created on: February 18, 2013 Last Updated: April 05, 2013
Electronics have certainly come a long way, and are now part and parcel of everyday life. Children are growing up in a digital world where many electronic advances have taken place. Many youngsters are in tune with electronic gadgets being able to work them out with little to no help at all. With almost everything being electronic, even down to a vast majority of toys, it leaves parents wondering how much time children should spend playing with electronics.
Do children spend too much time “plugged in?”
An electronic world
Children certainly spend a good amount of time immersed in electronics. Television sets, computers, hand-held devices and gadgets are here, there and everywhere. It is difficult to keep children away from them. Many hours can be zapped playing with electronics without realizing. They keep children entertained and engaged for long periods of time, with difficulty to break away from them. Many new electronic devices offer different things to do, which can hold a child’s attention for longer. Modern gadgets offer so much more and are appealing to the masses.
Striking a good balance
Electronics are certainly a huge part of life, and children can have a good grasp on them. This is good, and is important for now and the future. However, a healthy balance needs to be made in order for children to grow and expand in all areas. Too much time in the digital world doesn't leave enough time for play and social interaction with others. These are essential, and time in the real world away from electronic devices is crucial for children. Getting the balance right is essential. Allowing too much time in the digital world leaves children wanting more.
Too much time connected and plugged-in isn't healthy, as children need to engage in physical activity each and every day. Time outdoors in the open air is important, and plenty of physical activity is important for good health and well-being. Children need to be able to release tension and energy through physical play, and in return they get to feel fit and good. Active lifestyles are important to maintain good physical health and emotional well-being. There needs to be plenty of time away from electronics in order for children to get plenty of physical activity, too.
Imaginative and creative play
While electronics are engrossing and educating, it is important for children to get back to basics, too. Time in the real world making their own fun is just
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