What is the potential risk of too much screen time?
Young children need eye contact to develop mirror neurons. Too much screen time affects brain development.
Long periods in front of a screen can increase the risk of an elevated body mass index with associated health risks.
Blue light from a screen "tricks" the brain into thinking its awake time and inhibits melatonin which signals sleep time.
Potential increase in AGRESSION - kids need to PLAY, not be ENTERTAINED!
Un-Stuck! Increased aggression and alarm in our children during COVID. What can we do?
During this particularly turbulent time of COVID, there are many emotions stirred up in our children. Alarm. Frustration. Worry. When emotions get stirred up, they will come out in the child's behaviour. We are seeing increasing aggression in kids as their frustration builds. Sometimes we can be at a loss for what to do.
Instead of asking kids to 'cut it out' or 'stop it' - it can be helpful if we can recognize that when emotions are stirred up, they need somewhere to go. Holding it in will only work for so long (think of having to go to the bathroom!), as eventually, these emotions will burst out. So instead of asking a child to hold it in, it is helpful if we can find healthy ways to help them to get out the frustration energy that is building inside of them.
This discussion will walk around the re-frame of understanding that behind the challenging behaviours we see; there is always an emotion and that emotion needs to go somewhere. We will chat about practical things we can do every day to help kids to find some release during this challenging time and how by preemptively channeling this emotional energy, we can lower aggression and the alarm a child might be experiencing.
Join award-winning educator, author and keynote speaker Hannah Beach on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:30pm.
Perfect for parents and caregivers of children ages 4 to 19.