Recommended Duration for Children Playing Gadgets

Experts suggest that the maximum time for children to access gadgets is 1-2 hours per day. The following is the recommended duration for children to play gadgets based on their age:

  • Children under 2 years old are advised not to be given access to gadgets at all. If absolutely necessary, children over 1.5 years old can access gadgets accompanied by their parents and for no more than 1 hour per day.
  • Children aged 2-5 years are advised to access gadgets for only 1 hour per day, and even then, a quality program should be recommended.
  • Children aged 6 years and over may play with gadgets, but with a time that has been agreed with parents, for example only on weekends or a maximum of 2 hours per day.

Why Do Gadgets Need To Be Restricted?

According to studies, unrestricted use of gadgets can develop into gadget addiction. Some of the bad effects of gadget addiction on children are:

1. Impaired cognitive development

Especially at the age of 1-3 years when a child’s brain is very sensitive to the surrounding environment, everything that happens to a child in his early life will become a permanent foundation for the development of further brain function.

Research has found that children’s cognitive development will be delayed if they access electronic media for too long. This will affect the child’s ability to focus, build vocabulary, even to understand behavior, as well as the ability to communicate with others.

2. Can’t empathize

The ability to empathize is highly dependent on the development of a part of the brain that is formed by social interactions between humans. This cannot be obtained through games from gadgets.

Therefore, if your child plays with the tablet more often than with his friends, it is possible that he will have problems understanding the situation and the feelings of his friends.

3. Lazy to think

Gadgets are very rich in stimulus for children. What is touched on the screen can produce something for it, be it movement or a change in color. This is of course quite different from a story book where the pictures are the same and can’t move.

Although it seems more practical and interactive, this is actually not good for a child’s brain, because it risks making him lazy to imagine or think so that it will affect his ability to learn when he enters school.

4. Overweight due to lack of movement

Sitting too much and rarely moving because using gadgets for too long is at risk of triggering weight gain or obesity in children. Lack of physical activity can also weaken the immune system and make children sick easily, especially if the child stays up all night playing gadgets.

5. Behavioral disorders

Research shows that children who spend a lot of time playing with gadgets can have difficulty controlling emotions, not listening to their parents, and calming themselves down. In addition, excessive use of gadgets or media is also associated with the incidence of ADHD.

6. Certain limbs hurt

Too often playing gadgets, especially to play games, can also make children’s hands hurt. This is because when playing games, children repeatedly press the same button and often in a position that does not change. Over time this can be a disorder, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Not only in the hands, other health problems that can arise due to the frequent use of gadgets are neck pain, headaches, and dry eyes. This complaint can even occur continuously.