Feeling guilty about the increased time your child is spending on screens during the nationwide lockdown is about as useful as a lace face mask… Read More
Feeling guilty about the increased time your child is spending on screens during the nationwide lockdown is about as useful as a lace face mask. We are all in the lockdown boat together and being a full-time teacher, homemaker, entertainer, cleaning service and chef is no picnic. Additionally, maintaining a career whilst children are running amuck has even the most militant anti-tech moms reaching for the iPad.
For some time, media researches have been advocating the shift from screen time to screen content in measuring healthy digital consumption in children. High quality content, such as learning how to play a musical instrument through an app or chatting to a family member on Skype, cannot be placed on par with playing Fortnite or binge-watching You. Similarly, an hour spent socialising on WhatsApp is different to an hour spent drawing comparisons on Instagram. Children gain differently from using various forms of digital media.
If the lockdown has highlighted one aspect of our children’s lives it is the value they place on socialising. And although they are spending more time watching TikTok videos, they are also spending more time building relationships with their classmates whether it is through virtual playdates or Zoom chats. Obviously face-to-face socialisation is healthier, but connecting with friends digitally in the meantime will improve our children’s mental state.
In the current climate children should be given a little more rope than usual, provided the quality of the content they are consuming is topnotch. In other words, it needs to be uplifting, positive and adding to a healthy state of mind.
How can you as parent make the best of their increased screen time? We have developed 4 B’s to get you and your digital native safely on the other side of the lockdown.
Sassy Llama would like to implore parents to cut themselves some slack during the COVID19 pandemic. With so many economic, social and health pressures upon us we need not add guilt to the load.