When it doesn’t work in the family, children spend more time in front of screens, scientists warn

One of the main research questions was how much time children between the ages of six and nine spend in front of screens per day. It turned out that they spent about four hours a day outside of schoolwork. For the girls it was about half an hour less.

These figures are relatively high, agree research co-authors Michael Slussareff from the Institute for Information and Library Studies and Kateřina Lukavská from the Department of Addictology of the 1st Faculty of Medicine and Hospital General University of Prague.

Screen time as an index of family stress

But there are also other professional jobs. For example, the medical journal Pediatrics Acta Paediatrica published the results of a foreign study of young children under the age of three. She showed that the stress and anxiety characteristic of the covid period were transmitted to children by parents. The stress was also reflected in the time these children spent on cellphone, computer and TV screens.

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According to technology expert Michaela Slussareff, the so-called Family Stress Index has long been talked about in relation to the time children spend with technology:

“In a family where things don’t work very well and where there is a certain tension, whether it comes from confinement or family disputes, a divorce in the family and so on, it turns out that ‘with this discomfort, the time spent by children on screens.

In connection with modern technologies and the time that children under the age of three spend with them, their speech development and the number of words used are most often examined.

A parent as an example and an offline marketer

Of course, parenting is important for children when using technology. The example follows, so the child perceives very well how parents deal with their mobile phone and other technologies, especially outside working hours.

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According to Michaela Slussareff, however, it is also not good for the parent to overemphasize and condemn when the child uses digital technology. This, he says, is counterproductive.

“Of course, we can express our opinion, but the child will most likely continue to grow up with a computer or other technology. Few people will escape it today. On the contrary, it is up to us parents to accept this world and to teach the child how to behave in it safely, so that he can realize when it’s too much and when he should do something else.”

Reality is just slow and demanding and it’s hard to create something in it. Parents should create the conditions for children to play offline.

Michaela Slussareff

According to Michaela Slussareff, a parent can be a kind of “offline world marketer”, who also shows the child what is interesting and fun in our real reality.

“Reality is just slow and demanding and it’s hard to create something in it, so parents should create the conditions for children to play and create offline. But if we don’t teach them, we can’t s surprised that the child comes home from school, does his homework as well as possible, and then has nothing more to do. Television and the computer are the only entertainment that comes to mind at this time. »

You need to talk about internet porn

Michaela Slussareff’s book Games, Networks, Porn can help prepare children for the risks of the digital world and teach them the skills that will make the digital jungle still wild but predictable.

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It contains scientific knowledge on the impact of digital technologies on children and adolescents, as well as specific advice on how to talk about corners of the digital world with children of different ages.

Pornography is also a subject there, because the problem is that for many children, pornography replaces sex education, which is lacking at home and at school.

According to Slussaref, it is very important to talk to children about this subject and explain to them that what they see in the video is often not the reality – and that it can be likened to an action movie about superheroes. -heroes, what our reality represents on people. vs.

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