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In this technological age, the punishment that many parents give their children to prevent them from using a cell phone. Good behavior can be rewarded with the West vill more on the tablet. But a study conducted by the University of Guelph in Canada, stated that these initiatives would increase the desire of children to stand in front of the screen.
Recent data estimate that children up to the age of 8 years old spend an average of 2 hours and 20 minutes in front of electronic devices per day. The researchers found that children whose parents use screen time as a punishment or a reward, and spend more time in front of a smartphone or tablet or computer or TV of those parents who don’t use these tricks.
“This is similar to how you shouldn’t use sugary treats as a reward for children. This may increase the attractiveness for them,” said nutrition professor Jess Haines, co-author of the study. “When you give food as a reward, it makes the children enjoy less of the carrots more than cake. It’s the same thing with tea.”
To investigate the impact of practical education in the children’s behavior, the researchers decided to study the infants and children of pre-school age. According to them, it was in this period that the future year in relation to the screen. The study included 62 children between 1 year and six months to five years of age 68 parents.
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In the survey, parents were asked about how to monitor screen time for children if children are allowed to freely use the phone, if they use these electronic devices when he was small.
The conclusion of the study shows that the amount of time that children spend in front of screens is affected very much the behavior of the parents. When parents sit in front of the screen in the presence of children, the children feel in the right to stay also, this increases the time they spend using electronic devices.
Another point the study highlighted is that it was bad for kids to use these devices during meals because that is the one moment that the family has control and direction.
Finally, there is the issue of the bonus: parents are increasingly using screen time as a means to control children’s behavior. I’ve seen with bad eyes by the experts, it has also been proven by the numbers: young children who live with the habit as a “premium” pass on average 20 minutes more in front of screens at the end of the week. It may seem a little bit. However, according to researchers at the weekend is a time that children can take advantage of other ways with parents or friends.
Currently, only 15% of pre-school Canadians meet the guidelines of the Canadian sedentary behavior, which recommends a maximum of one hour of screen time play per day for children. Also, according to the document, those with less than two years of age should not stay in front of these screens at any given time.
Researchers it is important to understand the factors that affect the increased screen time of children, because of this sedentary activity is associated with increased risk of obesity, as well as worse academic and social skills in the future. “Our hope is that these discoveries can help us to arm parents who enter into the world of screens everywhere,” said Lisa Tang, author of the study.