Impact of prolonged screen time on children

Prioritise healthy daily-routines throughout childhood and adolescence

Published : 13 Aug 2021 08:32 PM | Updated : 13 Aug 2021 11:54 PM

As all educational institutions have been closed since March 2020, children are spending far more time in front of screens. Classrooms have been replaced by online learning. Time on the playground is now spent playing video games and watching videos. Indeed, all that screen time is not good for our children.

Bangladesh has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of technology available to and used by children over the last decade. We are now living in such a digital paradigm where our children grow up in a world surrounded by technology and the internet.

Children’s access to technology poses both negative and positive impact. The virtual world helps children to exploit a new communicative paradigm. Today’s children are able to ascertain between competing facts more accurately and make decisions more quickly. Also access to technology helps children increase their cognitive and analytical skills.

Children who use too much technology are 

more likely to develop the same brain 

chemistry as substance abusers

However, on the other hand, the impact of prolonged screen-time could change how children’s brains develop. It damages children’s capacity for originality and for critical and reflective thinking. 

Study suggests that screen time can lead to stress because chronic stress created from looking at a screen changes hormone levels which increase irritability. This change in hormone levels can lead to depression. It is found that those who use too much technology are more likely to develop the same brain chemistry as substance abusers. Experts are of the opinion that children who spend more than two hours a day looking at a screen have worse memory, language skills and attention span.

Considering all above, parents, teachers and guardians should become more concerned and compel the children to spend less screen time using digital technology. Parents can also advice and encourage children to do daily exercises which will help them reduce depression and anxiety. An all inclusive approach is needed from everyone to keep our future generation’s health in check.