Parents, Are you struggling to get your child off their ipad?

 This is something we hear constantly from parents in our practice. Kids wanting to get on their iPad or turn the tv on in the morning or as soon as they get home from school.

It’s so important that children are having limited and monitored time on technology as this has far reaching effects on their learning and development.

 In this video Dr. Britt, chiropractor, is going through 5 easy tips to getting your child off technology as part of your weekly routine. 

Firstly, here are some alarming statistics that have come out recently about our children’s learning in Australia. Research currently has shown that children’s speech and language skills are the worst they have ever been. 

  • According to Australian Bureau of statistics 1-2 million Australians have a communication disability and most of them are children.
  • 1 in 5 Australian children are not meeting international benchmarks for reading.
  • Parenting research centre found that up to 52% of kids up to 5 years old  are not being read to at home.
  • Report released by Kaiser family foundation in USA 2010 found children spend total of 7hrs and 38 mins each day on electronic media.
  • Speech and language disabilities triple the likelihood of poor reading, spelling       and maths outcomes – higher rates of non school completion and restricted work opportunities.

 

A big factor for that comes into play is the digital age and distractions for busy parents contributing to less time speaking and interacting with children. 

So what can we do about this?

  1. Limit screen time

No more than 1 hr per day

No technology in the morning

2. Active movement daily

Walks or bike rides after school or dinner

Including after school physical activities/sports a couple of nights during the week

Walking dog

Playing outside in the backyard/oval

Moving daily is so important for learning – if you remember our previous videos movement and learning occur in the same part of the brain. So by moving daily it helps consolidate learning. Be sure to check these videos out on our website if you have not done so yet. Great tips on exercises to help your child’s learning.

 3. Encourage creativity

Puzzles, crafts

Free play where kids can use their imagination

4. Games as family

Doesn’t need to be every night but at least once a week

No tv on during dinner, time to talk as a family and debrief on the day

With technology we now spend less time connecting and speaking so its important to use this time over dinner to connect as a family and talk to your kids

5. Active reading each night with parents or family members

We understand that daily life is so busy for parents and trying to fit this in with numerous kids can be tricky but its so important for their learning and development.

Even if they sit and read to you while dinner is cooking or designate a half an hour most nights before bed. Look at your routine and see where you can fit this in as its so important. Especially with current statistics out there.

Our blog has some great videos on there going through ways to enhance learning and get your child active daily.

Go and check them out!