Excessive tablet, smartphone and TV time may lead to young children missing developmental targets, according to a new study out of the University of Calgary.

The lead author says the study looked at the habits of 2,500 families in Calgary with children aged two to five.

“Kids who had a higher amount of screen time were less likely to meet developmental targets,” Dr. Sheri Madigan the Lead Author of this Study and assistant professor of Psychology at University of Calgary.

It is a known fact that over 25% Children at age 5 are behind in Several Aspects of Development

“At age five, they weren’t meeting a lot of the critical developmental milestones that we need them to meet at school entry.”

The study found “deficits and delays in developmental outcomes such as language, communication, motor skills, and/or socioemotional.

The Screen Time included TVs, tablets, gaming consoles and smartphones as screen time.

On a daily average, two-year olds were in front of screens for about 2.5 hours per day, three-year olds got 3.5 hours and five-year olds used screens for about 1.5 hours, in part because many had started school.

“The Canadian Paediatric Society’s recommendation for kids age two to five is that they spend no more than one hour per day watching high-quality programming,” Madigan said.

High quality means with a learning component, like Sesame Street, and, in a perfect world, the parent sharing that screen time with the children, she added.

“Elmo doesn’t talk back, but parents can provide that feedback loop that helps kids learn.”

The research also suggests that watching an activity does not translate into being able to perform that activity in real Life An hour before you close your eyes, you don’t have a screen in front of you.

No screens in the bedroom, period. It’s a no-screen zone,”. “No devices at breakfast, lunch and dinner tables. We are going to focus on each other, we are going to respect each other, we are going to talk to each other.”

Even Learning Blocks on Screen is a 2 Dimension event which does not transform in to real blocks Learning which is a 3 Dimensional thing.

Parents need to lead by example, she said, including encouraging quality time online. “There Should be productivity screen time, not zombie screen time. Looking at a screen, flicking your finger up, looking at and liking the next picture, that’s zombie time,”.

But once homework, chores and any responsibilities are complete, let the kids enjoy screen time. They’ve earned it.

One hour per day of High Quality Screen Time under parental Supervision and also involvement can be the goal. Dance with your child or explain the Learning program your child is watching.

“When you’re co-viewing, especially with young kids, there’s a dampening effect in terms of its impact on children’s development,” Madigan said. “So it’s OK to watch screens and use screens, but it’s best if that’s done in an interactive way with caregivers and young children co-viewing together, and then there’s limits on it

There should be No Screen Time till Age 2 except brief face time with Close Family such as Grand Parents. The back portion of eye called Retina takes up to 2 years to fully develop or be functional.

“Just like we limit the amount of junk food we give to kids, we also need to limit the amount of screen time, because both can have consequences.

Nature Time is the best. Spend time in outdoor in Nature as much as Possible.

Dr. Pargat Singh Bhurji
MD,FRCP ( C ) Consultant Pediatrician Surrery BC