Why Screen Free?

I think most people can look around the world today and notice that screen time is having a major impact on our daily interactions. Cell phones are a constant distraction, televisions are seldom turned off, and computers and IPad’s are becoming more prominent. But, have you ever really thought about how this impacts the development of a child?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "media use has been associated with obesity, sleep issues, aggressive behaviors, and attention issues in preschool- and school-aged children... Since 1999, 3 studies have evaluated the effects of heavy television use on language development in children 8 to 16 months of age. In the short-term, children younger than 2 years who watch more television or videos have expressive language delays, and children younger than 1 year with heavy television viewing who are watching alone have a significantly higher chance of having a language delay" The American Academy of Pediatrics has boldly made the statement "This updated policy statement provides further evidence that media—both foreground and background—have potentially negative effects and no known positive effects for children younger than 2 years."

Screen time (including television, computers, phone, etc.) before the age of two is linked to:

  • A physical change in the shape and increased size of the frontopolar cortex of the child’s brain

  • Change in size and shape of the neuron connectors between the frontal lobe and remaining three lobes

  • ADD symptoms and aggressiveness

  • Delayed speech

  • Emotional disconnect

  • Obesity

Please help us in distributing this information to assist parents in making educated choices on the use of screen time in their home. Our hope is that by encouraging parents to limit screen time in the early stages of their child's life, a habit will begin to form in which the family will continue to limit screen time. This will increase quality family time spent together, encourage creativity, and provide for healthier lifestyles.

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