Availability of more free time to spend at home with family in one the true bleesing, I believe, I am having so far. During this time when we halt or confined to home in view of pandemic of Covid-19, so suddenly, ever body having ample time to Think, Observe, Pray and doing chores from A-Long-Pending – List – To – Do! During my this longest stay at home, I am enjoying company with children’s at home, from 2 months to 16 years old, I have 8 nephew and nieces, Mashallah.
But what I faces that make me astonished, which is a kind of resistance for getting kids attention and even time, as except 2 months old baby, from toddle of 3 years, every kid is focused on screen and very much engage with smartphone and tablets on their hands and thoroughly enjoying every form of kids videos, games, pranks, dramas and what not!
Seriously? I asked myself! Isn’t the easiest way of new- generation parenting to control children and maintain discipline while at home. Parents proudly pronounce how their kids used to handling technology at the earliest age! Without realizing that the kid become socially isolated and surfing their own virtual world.
I recall my learning notes from ECD (Early Childhood Development) training I have attended which UNICEF organized few months back, and I have started, re-visit the reading material. Oh! I explore another good thing out of COVID-19, giving time to unfold things that really matters!
So I started drawing dotes between the theory and the common practices what I am observing that when a young child spends too much time in front of a screen and not enough getting required motivations from the real world, their development becomes stunted. In addition, not just for a while, if the damage happens during these crucial early years, its results can affect them forever. Children’s early experiences, the bonds they form with their parents and their first learning experiences, deeply affect their future physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. Early brain development is a framework for the social determinants of early child development.
Optimizing the early years of children’s lives is the best investment we can make as a society in ensuring their future success. Too much screen time can impair brain structure and function; it can cause obesity, insomnia, mood swings, and even problems at school. Because children’s brains undergo so much change during their formative years, this excess screen time can be even more damaging. This are most common signs we can observe amongst children.
Daily screen-time of children may affect their behavior in the long term. A study suggests that children who spend more than two hours on digital screens are likely to develop attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Now we can recognize it around.
Likewise, not all “educational” apps are beneficial. The best apps integrate multimedia features in a way that is congruent with story or learning goal to support learning. Too many bells and whistles in an app can be distracting and interfere with learning. A good quality app will present content in a meaningful context that actively engages the child and allows for creative exploration rather than mere rote learning and there is no evidence that babies and toddlers learn language from video and it is wise to limit “screen time” during the first two years.
Early child development is a cornerstone of human development and should be central to how we judge the successfulness of societies. Measuring the state of early child development with a comparable approach throughout the world will provide a way for societies to judge their success. The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult, they will become. That is why understanding the need to invest in very young children is so important, to maximize their future well-being.
Amidst fighting from coronavirus monstrous, we have to revisit our practices how we treat our children? What can we do during this incredibly important period of their lives to ensure that they have a strong foundation for future development? Is there something more alarming that needs to be revert to save our future generation?
About Samreen Khan Ghauri:
She is a Development Practitioner & Multi-Media journalist, she is passionate about advocating Social Behavior Change through communication, she can be access to [email protected] & @samreen_ideas