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Screen time during covid-19

Screen time during covid-19

Lockdown has resulted in many families experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety. What we have been seeing in countries using lockdowns, especially with children aged 1 – 3, is that as family stress levels have risen, screen time for children has followed.  

We now have young children exposed to even higher levels of screen time then the already high levels experienced pre-COVID. This could become concerning, as we are finding that higher levels of daily screen time are acting as early indicators of challenging behaviour starting at four years old.

What can we do?  

There’s still a place for smart devices or technologies in our curriculum, it is an everyday part of our lives. We wouldn’t be preparing our children if we didn’t use them in our program. This would not be preparing our children for the world they will grow up in.

What we might need to consider are ways we can teach our young children how to respectfully use these devices. We can try to promote positive and healthy mindsets towards these powerful technologies. Things like turn taking, short durations and using them in purposeful ways may go a long way developing these mindsets.   We also need to consider that we might see an increase in challenging behaviours because of higher levels of screen time. Is your program prepared to guide positive behaviours and teach children important social and emotional skills before starting school? Now might be the time to critically reflect on our program and practice to see if we are providing the opportunities needed to learn these positive behaviours. We can then slowly adapt to the needs of our families and children attending and returning to our services.