I recently discovered a great article by Denise Bosque on the impact of modern habits and use of technology on brain development.
One alarming statistic from the article says on average, kids spend between 1/4 and 2/5 of their awake time using screens, i.e. longer than at school.
Denise shares a list of tips to help brain development. Please read the article for more background.
Tips to Help Children Develop their Brain (extract from Denise Bosque article
- No screen time before the age of 6, which also means adults should avoid interacting with their mobile phone whilst they are around children. Replace that time with human interactions and creativity.
- After the age of 6: no more than 1 hour a day, preferably no more than 1/2 hour, but not early in the morning, at mealtimes, or before bedtime, and ideally educational content with the guidance of an adult.
- Reduce home lightning at night, in particular, LED/blue lights.
- Before they can read let them learn skills, as opposed to trying to teach them pure knowledge.
- Encourage children to be as kinaesthetic as possible, write with pens. Later teach them mind maps.
See all 12 tips in Denise’s article Protecting our Children’s Brains