Did you know that the amount of time your kids spend online or in front of screens is related to how happy they are?
Researchers have recently discovered that screen time is related to depression. More time online and in front of screens means less happiness, and more depression.
It seems that social media can have a particularly strong effect. Social media, including Ask.fm, facebook, twitter, tumblr, kik, snapchat, and more, invite inactivity – instead of playing or exercising, kids spend their time messaging. Screen time is related to sleep deprivation, social isolation, and is also related to terrible bullying for far too many children.
Experts recommend no screen time for children under 2, no more than an hour or so for kids up to around age 10-12 years, and a maximum of 2 hours of screen time per day for teens.
So, limit and monitor screen time for your kids. It will make them happier.
Find out more about raising positive kids at happyfamilies.com.au.