There are many reasons to argue for moderation when it comes to social media, games and other apps. Here are three more reasons to put some limits in place, all based on recent and highly compelling research.
Think your kids are sleeping at night? If digital devices are allowed in the bedroom, the odds are high their sleep is being not only interrupted, but is also seriously compromised. A newly released British study reveals that more than 20% of teens wake up in the middle of the night to check in on social media. Of 480 Welsh children aged 12-15, more than a fifth regularly woke up to see what was happening on their social feeds. The result? They were three times more likely to describe themselves as “constantly tired” at school.
Want your child to turn in their schoolwork on time and complete? You may need to take a hard look at how much time they’re logging in on screens first. Pediatricians from Brown University School of Public Health discovered that when kids spend excessive hours on media, the likelihood of finishing homework goes down dramatically. And what exactly counts as “excessive”? Kids who spend 2-4 hours on non-school related digital device time are 23 percent less likely to complete homework that those who spend less than two hours on screens. And if they devote 4-6 hours a day on media? A full half of those kids had lower odds of always or usually finishing their homework.
While parents may fret about teenagers texting behind the wheel, it turns out messaging is just the tip of the iceberg. In a recently completed study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), a full 68% of teens admit to using apps while driving. This is more than twice the number who say they text while behind the wheel (27%). Apps such as Snapchat, which offers a feature that allows people to log how fast they’re driving, is just one of many apps involved in traffic injuries and fatalities.
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