How long can a child sit at the computer
Today, the topic of the child and the computer is becoming more relevant. The number of computer games and apps for children is growing. On the other hand, experts come up with many options for how to control the number of hours a child spends on the computer.
Today we will talk about the time that you can devote to using the gadget. What standards exist for children’s health and how to monitor their compliance.
Why is it important to control your computer time?
Visual impairment. Doctors have proven that if you stay in front of the monitor for a long time, there is a chance that your vision will become worse. At a young age, this occurs more often and manifests itself more strongly.
Over the past 15 years alone, the number of children with vision problems in Russia has increased by 1.5 times.
Effect on the spine. Often the child’s posture at the computer is incorrect. If you sit like this, in the future it is a curvature of the spine, scoliosis, as well as dizziness and headaches.
Sedentary lifestyle. Or lack of exercise. This is one of the reasons for the development of heart and joint pathologies, obesity, and weakened immunity.
Overwork. The mental load in the process of studying takes a lot of effort, and working at the computer is no less a load. The body does not rest when the student is not at the monitor.
Harm of electromagnetic radiation. It comes from all electronic devices. Thanks to modern technologies, this harm is certainly becoming less and less, but still long-term exposure to this radiation can in the future cause serious harm to health – expressed in chronic fatigue, problems with the cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems, and worsen health in General.
Computer addiction. It develops when teenagers often play computer games. There are centers in the brain that are responsible for getting pleasure when a child plays, they are in a state of tension. If a regular schoolchild enjoys similar things, such as computer games, it becomes addictive.
If the addiction occurred, and then the parents decided to limit themselves to a certain time of games at the computer, the child begins to get irritated, becomes aggressive. Or Vice versa, he is not interested in anything, he closes himself in.
The younger the child, the faster the addiction occurs! And getting rid of this addiction is not easy. The help of a child psychologist is often tedious.
How long can a child sit at the computer?
When we talk about how long a student can safely sit at a computer, we do not mean just ordinary computers or laptops. This also includes phones, smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets, and watching TV. We will also talk about this.
Children under 4 years of age are not recommended to be in front of the monitor. At such an early age, the harmful influence is many times greater. In 4-5 years-no longer than 10 minutes a day. As the child grows older, the time for using electronic technology increases. At the age of 5-6 years, it is up to 30 minutes a day. Then, gradually increasing, it increases to 1 hour by the age of 12.
At the same time, you should remember that after 45 minutes of continuous contact with the monitor, you must take a break for charging and resting your eyes.
Teenagers over 14 years old can sit at the computer for up to 2 hours a day.
How much TV is allowed?
In this case, the restrictions are not so strict. The TV is located further from the eyes, and the position in which the child is not as forced as when working with a laptop. So, 3-7 years – 30 minutes, 8-10 years-about an hour. From 11 years-1.5-2 hours. From the age of 14 – up to 3 hours, making reprints every hour.
Important rules for working with a computer-we reduce the risk to a minimum.
Gymnastics for the eyes. It is better to do it together with your child, so that he has mastered the method and got used to it. Now there are many types of such “charging”.
Proper organization of the workplace. The distance from the eyes to the monitor should be at least 60 centimeters, do not forget about your posture, and your feet should rest on the floor.
Mini charging. You need to periodically, every 30-40 minutes, do simple physical exercises, such as bends, squats and jumps. This will help to stretch the muscles so that they do not go numb. To make this process more fun, you can use music and a game form, if we are talking about younger children. Teenagers can cope with this task themselves. But the help of parents is important to form a habit.
The alternative is how to distract the child from the computer.
Hobbies are important.
Now gadgets are often used for entertainment purposes. It is very difficult to avoid this completely, perhaps even impossible. However, please note that children need additional classes. The ones they are interested in. Sports sections – dancing, swimming, martial arts, and others. Here students can communicate and improve communication skills, acquire new skills, maintain health and draw positive energy.
Parents are an example.
If it is accepted at home that everyone “sits on their phones” in the evening, it is impossible to control the time spent at the computer. It is necessary to organize joint leisure at home. Cook dinner together, read books, play Board games.
The child should have experience of how to have fun without the help of a computer.
A student should clearly know how much time they can spend on their laptop.
It is important that he, not the parents, should control this process.
It’s not easy. But only by educating the pre-adolescent with a conscious attitude to their health and life in General, you can achieve a real effect. The K. O. T. training center has a course “I am myself”, where questions of motivation and awareness are dealt with in detail with children.
What do psychologists think about this?
In their opinion, you need to know the measure and choose the right cartoons and games that you show your children, talking about preschoolers and primary school children. Overuse of gadget usage time can stifle interest in communication. It is important not to replace the whole world and communication with peers, but to develop logic, thinking, and moral standards. However, excessive PC usage can lead to addiction and slow down development.
What are teenagers doing on the computer?
There are infinitely many variations, especially in teenagers. Before you fight with your child about the fact that he lives “in their gadgets” try to find out what it is that interested him so much.
Perhaps he is interested in programming and he is good at it. This could be his life’s work, and it’s a growing industry right now. ESports is also popular now. This is also not always evil. Of course, that in 6-9 years you need to carefully monitor the games, because there may be excessive cruelty. And at an older age, you can really learn languages, find Internet friends, using computer games. Or a schoolboy writes stories and articles, and in the future will become a writer.
Homework is also mostly done using a computer. Because the school is asked to make presentations, reports and essays, and here you can not do without gadgets
Some teenagers earn money through the Internet, and so dispose of their free time. They write articles, draw, and perform certain tasks on websites. Now there are many options.
Communication in social networks. This is a big part of the life of modern school children, dictated by our time. It is impossible to turn away from reality. But you can’t completely give up on real communication either!
Do you feel that a teenager has few friends, and most of the time he wants to spend on the computer? It is worth paying attention to whether he can communicate.
School-age children often face communication problems. Here it is not necessary to scold the child or prohibit the use of computers, but to teach him to communicate. For example, offer to take a communication training.
We are not going to write about the shock of the content. Of course, there are unwanted websites that are visited by adolescents. But often students use the Internet for its intended purpose. For the purpose of communication, or rather a small amount of it, work and development.