Dozing Off with Digital Media
Is your child falling asleep with technology aglow? Children’s eyes are not fully developed, and research shows their eyes are more sensitive to light than the eyes of adults are. This can affect the brain and disrupt circadian rhythms (the biological clock). Lack of sleep can contribute to excessive tiredness at the end of the school day, grade slippage, conduct problems, loss of interest in other pursuits and poor mental health symptoms. Make rules early on concerning the use of digital media. Doing so later won’t be as easy. Consult your pediatrician, counselor/therapist, or EAP for more information on creating boundaries and adjustments to falling asleep without technology.
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Keith Stein |