‘Digital dementia’ for our screen-addicted kids

May 17, 2014

Infant looking at laptop - technology

I am astounded by this article and the great book I am reading called Digital Invasion, The: How Technology is Shaping You and Your Relationships which I can’t wait to share about when I finish.

In my personal life I have noticed as a parent that my children seem to loose their creativity and interest in playing when they spend too much time with screens. Maybe it happens from a combination of too many educational TV programs and online learning. They seem bored more often and act like they don’t know what to do with themselves when getting free time. They BEG for another TV show or another view of their favorite Brain Pop, Jr.  When that happens, we move toward balance again but cutting way back on technology. Meanwhile, this phenomena is well founded in brain science. Thrilling!

I learned that there are serious potential health affects when our children delve too often in the digital jungle. There are affects on a child’s brain development that can lead to problems later in life if not detected.

The academy reported in this article recommended that parents limit scree time to 2 hours a day for children of all ages and set screen free zones in their homes.

I strongly encourage you to read the entire article and listen to the FoxNews VIDEO link below:

‘Digital dementia’ for our screen-addicted kids

 Quotes from ‘Digital dementia’ for our screen-addicted kids

 

The 2-year-old who can nimbly use an iPad or kill a gazillion monsters playing a video game isn’t necessarily a genius, says Dr. Manfred Spitzer, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist.That child could be en route to trouble with memory and thinking, a condition Spitzer and others call “digital dementia.”

…Doctors reported seeing young patients with memory and cognitive problems, conditions more commonly linked to brain injuries.

Many children don’t memorize anything because they can Google it, Spitzer said. He argues that multitasking and clicking around are distracting, contribute to low attention and impair learning.

 

Another intriguing article and video discusses the effects of the overuse of technology. Finding a balance will help avoid atrophy of the brain. Exercise, reading and social interaction helps you use your retrieval mechanism of our brains. This is a call to arms.

VIDEO Digital dementia: The memory problem plaguing teens and young adults – News Report From FoxNews.com

 

Heloise "Lois" Ridley, MBA

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Heloise (Lois) Ridley, MBA helps parents "Get OFF the CRAZY cycle.... and onto a path of peace" She loves to encourage, instruct and empower parents and youth to live and impact the world around them. Heloise speaks and trains in workshops for internet safety, home education and parenting issues to equip today's busy parents. She specializes in helping parents create a "Character Based Internet Safety Net" in their homes to protect their children online wherever they go. She also offers Coaching and Training to families that need more support to implement their plan. Heloise also speaks and coaches parents: ...from baby basics, ...to pre-school antics, ...to study skills & education, ...to the eventful teen years. She is passionate about equipping "stressed out moms": ...with practical tools ...strategies ...and a clear understanding of God's role as Partner, Provider and Helper in the parenting process.