Nowadays, kids are all about the screens and we’ve probably bribed them with it one too many times.

The new 21st-Century Candy

There’s no official statistic, but it’s largely possible that 90% of us parents have bribed our kids with screen time at least once in our lives. Be it to stop them from throwing a tantrum, or to get them to finish their vegetables, the screen has probably been used as our biggest bargaining chip.

It’s not inherently wrong to afford our children a dose of screen time or two – the screens are there to entertain and help us anyway! However, using the screens as a pacifier for your little one is by no means a viable long term solution. Consistently doling out screen time in a bid to calm their tantrums or to negotiate an earlier bed time can spell detrimental effects in the long run. Device over-dependency, screen addiction, even myopia are just some of the many consequences when your child is handed the screen one too many times.

Reigning back the screens

While there’s no turning back the clock, there are a few steps you can take to undo your screen time bribery and prevent long term consequences.

1. The art of substitution

Sure, the screens top the list of the most coveted items on our kids’ wish list. But, there are many other things that you can swap the screens out for. Instead of telling him/her that she’ll get an extra half hour of screen time the next day if he/she sleeps early, tell him/her that you’ll make his/her favourite breakfast in the morning the next day (cinnamon toast with strawberries, maybe?).

Or, if your child refuses to eat his/her vegetables, instead of handing him/her the screen as a bribe, you could choose not to give your little one dessert if he/she doesn’t finish his/her vegetables. There are a ton of substitutes for screen time out there – you just have to get creative!

2. More outdoor time

Going outdoors has been proven to help improve one’s eye sight and protect your eyes from myopia. So the next time your little one starts throwing a tantrum, instead of handing them the screen, you could suggest that if he/she stops crying, you’ll bring him/her out for some ultimate fun in the sun at the nearby playground – and which kid doesn’t like running amuck at the playground? It’ll be a great way to keep your child active, and keep them away from the screens.

3. Use a parental control app to assist you!

For the times when you end up caving in to your child’s request for the screen (don’t worry, we’ve all been there), you can use parental control apps like plano to help manage your child’s screen time.

The plano app will alert your child every 30 minutes to take an eye break, and it also allows you as the parent to schedule specific times when your child is allowed to use his/her phone. You get full control of when your little one is and isn’t allowed screen time so once the time is up, it’s time for them to put away those screens.

And if things get out of hand, you can use the remote locking function too to easily lock your child’s phone from your own device*.

Screen time is great, but in moderation

The screens are here to stay and our children are growing up alongside of them, it’s important to emphasize and exercise moderation. It’s an easy solution to reach for the screen and hand it to our little ones to negotiate with them. However, it’s up to us to also teach our children the right habits and prevent issues like device dependency, screen addiction, and even myopia. So the next time you’re tempted to reach for the screen as a bargaining chip, remember the 3 steps above to limit your child’s screen time.

*This is subject to your device’s technical capabilities.  

Let’s drink to good health and have a delicious time while we’re at it!

A blend of all things good for your eyes

You know what’s the best drink out there? One that refreshes you and is good for your health too! According to a survey done, 43% of Americans resolve to eat more healthily in 2020 – and that’s a great resolution. Our health doesn’t just compromise our bodily health, but our vision health too. While practicing good eye care habits every day can definitely help improve your eyesight, why not incorporate some yummy treats to include in the process too?

Packed with tons of useful vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are a great starting point for any healthy drink or snack. It’s all about finding that perfect blend and balance to make a delectable mid afternoon drink. What’s more, if your little one isn’t a big fan of his/her greens, this would be a great chance to incorporate some vegetables into a cool, refreshing midday beverage!

Let’s get mixing!

So which ingredients exactly go with what and which are beneficial for your pair of eyes? Here are 3 different smoothie recipes you can try out at home:

1. Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

No, not green strawberries, just those delicious red juicy summer strawberries. So where does the ‘green’ come from? It comes from spinach and kale! Spinach and kale have wonderful benefits for your eyes as they’re packed with antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin which are powerful nutrients needed to protect your eyes from issues like cataracts. Strawberries are packed with loads of antioxidants too and bananas contain vitamin A which are the key to healthy eyes. Here’s the full recipe of this mega-protection smoothie:

  • 2/3 cup spinach
  • 2/3 cup kale
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 5 frozen strawberries (or add more if you want to!)

Blend everything together until you get a smooth texture. Then, prepare your glasses and toast to good vision!

2. Apple Ginger and Carrot smoothie

The king of vitamin A – carrots. Carrots are jam packed with truckloads of vitamin A which is an essential vitamin to maintaining healthy eyes and it’s for this reason that carrots are the star of this smoothie. What about ginger? Well, ginger is highly anti-inflammatory and can help brighten your eyes by preventing blood from stagnating under your eyes (and causing those notorious dark circles around our eyes!) Here’s how to make this smoothie that’s sure to bring that sparkle back into your eyes:

  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • A handful of ice cubes

Give them a good blend and enjoy this refreshing drink that’s sure to make your eyes pop!

3. Mango Avocado smoothie

The taste of summer has never been closer until now. Mangoes are a great source of vitamin A as well and avocadoes contain doses of lutein – both nutrients that are integral in protecting your cornea! With this tasty fruity mix, you not only get a sweet treat, but also a vision health shot:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup ripe mango, chopped
  • 1/2 an avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)
  • Some honey

Mix them all together in a blender, pour it into a cup and you’ve got a dose of good nutrients and minerals all in a glass.

Finished drinking?

These healthy smoothies are a simple way to incorporate healthy vision practices in your daily life in addition to practicing good vision habits every day. However, one of the best and most surefire ways to protect your vision is to attend an annual comprehensive eye exam at your local optometrist. In Singapore, you can book an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam at your nearest optometrist today via planoeyecheck.com.

Start booking today for a lifetime of healthy eyes. I’m sure we’d all cheers to that!

(Singapore, 9 APRIL 2020) Local health tech company, Plano Pte Ltd today announced plans to deliver hundreds of its bestselling children’s book series, The Plano Adventures, to children in Singapore. 

Plano has partnered with local charities and social service agencies in Singapore that work with children, including the Singapore Children’s Society and Singapore Muslim Women’s Association or PPIS. Beyond that, Plano is also distributing the books to parents across Singapore.

“As the world adjusts to the new normal, be it mass quarantines, lockdowns or self-isolations, parents may find it challenging to engage their children in fun, device-free activities at home. We want to work with families in need to provide them with more options for such activities,” said Plano’s Founding Managing Director, Associate Professor Mohamed Dirani.

The Plano Adventures are early chapters books based on scientific research. Shifting the power to the next generation, it was written to educate children on avoiding the pitfalls of excessive device use and establish a healthy relationship with emerging technology. 

The team behind book series is former local TV news journalist/editor and author Hwee Goh, renowned illustrator who is the artist behind many of Singapore’s bestselling book series, David Liew and Academic and global myopia authority Associate Professor Mohamed Dirani. The books, published by Marshall Cavendish International, are in all major bookstores and available in the US, UK and Australia. 

The company has made various efforts in recent years to form new partnerships to help children in need worldwide. In 2019, Plano had worked with The Fred Hollows Foundation to raise funds for the delivery of eye care services to the millions of Africans that suffer from debilitating vision loss. 

Dr Dirani said that the donation of the books is an initial step Plano will be taking to reach out to families in need in this period of time. 

“COVID-19 knows no geographical or social boundaries. We pledge to commit our time and resources towards helping Singaporean parents. In these uncertain times, we hope to spread joy, especially to children through the magic of our books.” 

About Plano: Plano was developed with a clear purpose; to save sight and empower lives. With a culture of disruptive thinking grounded in real scientific research, Plano promotes the use of innovative technology to provide a solution to help mitigate the public health, societal and economic issues posed by excessive device usage. Plano’s founding Managing Director, Associate Professor Mohamed Dirani, has dedicated his life to the study and research of myopia, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School and an Honorary Principal Investigator at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). www.plano.co

With Home-Based Learning (HBL) measures in place, our children’s screen time is only going to increase tenfold. Instead of purely focusing on the time spent on the screen, parents should also focus on screen quality and who they’re using the screens with.

Do you find yourself feeling tempted to quell your child’s boredom and/or tantrums with more screen time? Here’s why you should think twice about using your phone as a digital pacifier.

These days, the ‘new normal’ for many of us is struggling to master balancing a busy work-from-home schedule and taking care of our little ones.

Often times we find ourselves at our wits’ end as multiple objects at home compete for our attention at the same time. You find yourself thinking: Do I answer that call from my boss, or do I appease my child who is currently throwing her worst tantrum to date?

At this point, many of us might instinctively turn to smart devices to calm our little ones down. They never fail to do their job – they almost always brighten our children’s moods, and instantly at that. However, as research shows, their boredom- and tantrum-quelling abilities are too good to be true.

Here are 3 reasons why using screen time as a digital pacifier is never a good idea:

1. You are failing to address your little one’s feelings

Every time you hand your smartphone to your unhappy or misbehaving child, you are acting reactively. That means, you are most likely not getting to the root cause of the problem; the ‘why’ of it all.

Often times, tantrums act as a signal to let you know that your child is tired, hungry or feeling uncomfortable in any way. And when you fail to take into consideration their emotions and simply mete out a smartphone that seems to magically solve the problem, you are effectively using a short-term solution that can incur bigger problems in the long run. Consequently, you will have to do a whole lot of ‘undoing’ later in their lives.

What are these problems?:

2. Their device dependency may develop into addiction

The early years of every child’s life are indisputably their formative years. These are the critical stages in their lives where their routines and habits that they take with them into their adulthood take root. And as you can imagine, resorting to screen time to ‘pacify’ your children is a recipe for disaster later on in their lives. Why?

Screen time from an early age can lead to device dependency.

When your child receives a digital device whenever he is restless and moody, he/she may start to form a dependence on them. Screen time starts to become a coping mechanism and a habit which might snowball into an unhealthy routine (which will most definitely be hard to break!).

Device dependency can even take a toll on your little one’s mental health! In fact, research shows that excessive dependency on digital devices, particularly smartphones, can lead to internet addiction and increases the risk of anxiety and depressive symptoms!

3. It may cost them their physical health

Beyond the mental health ramifications, your child’s device dependency may also take a toll on his/her physical health.

Prolonged periods of near-work and excessive screen time are risk factors associated with myopia (near-sightedness). Moreover, research shows that three hours or longer of screen time per day is linked to an increase in the likelihood of developing dry eye in children, one of the symptoms of eye strain, by more than 13 times! Reasons for this are complex but include reduced and incomplete blinking while staring at screens.

Beyond that, long periods of smart device use on a daily basis can lead to muscular pains and strains which include, rounded shoulders, tenderness, stiffness, soreness and weakness in the neck, back and shoulder muscles, as well as reduced neck mobility, among others.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

An inanimate object can never and should never be a substitute for good parenting. While digital devices are arguably the most convenient ‘solution,’ they may not be the right way to go about addressing your child’s boredom or tantrum.

At the end of the day, handing them a phone every time they cry today may result in device dependency issues which can cost them their mental and physical health later on in life. Ultimately, that will be more difficult to ‘undo.’

However, it is important to remember that technology itself is not to blame for this. In fact, our children can benefit from digital devices to a large extent, provided they are used in a healthy manner. That is where we come in.

When your little ones do engage in screen time do remind them to adhere to these device-use guidelines: take breaks between periods of device use (15-minute break after 2 hours of device use), adequate face-to-screen distance, i.e. at least 60cm between the face and computer screens and 30cm when using smart devices, a screen location of 15 – 20 degrees below eye level. 

It is our parental duty to empower our little ones to develop a healthy relationship with their devices. The journey may be tough and is one of trial and error, but the lessons, memories and experiences that result from it will be all worth it!

Our widespread adoption of technology may have fooled us into thinking we are tech-savvy. The truth is, most of us are so dependent on our smart devices that it is costing us our health and productivity.

For most of us, technology has become a prerequisite for our daily lives to run smoothly, and nothing has shed quite as much light on the utility, indeed the necessity, of technology as the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The power of technology

As every facet of life has had to adjust radically to a new normal of lockdowns and isolation, parts of the economy and society that are able to remain operational have communication technology to thank for their ability to survive this enormous disruption.

Computers and smart devices with their array of apps designed to allow conference calls, messaging and high-speed data sharing have empowered companies big and small to transform their mode of communication, execute operations, survive and even thrive.

They have given those of us fortunate enough to remain employed the luxury of working from home and staying in touch with our families and loved ones even if we may be physically separated from them.

As much as our lives have been affected in 2020, if this pandemic had struck even a decade ago, the world would not have coped nearly as well. Countless companies would have disappeared overnight and those of us in isolation would have felt even more alone. But during the COVID-19 crisis, as we become savvier with the available technologies, we are learning to adapt and are staying digitally connected for longer periods of time. Such is the power of technology.

With that said, let’s ask ourselves this: Are we truly making the best use of these technologies or of our time? Unfortunately, for many of us, the answer is, no. Why? Our device dependency may be to blame.

Savviness vs Dependence

It feels like we use our smart devices for everything doesn’t it?

We use them to document life’s most precious memories, get access to information instantly, keep track of our fitness journey, order food, clothes and everything in between. Each aspect of our lives fits nicely into the tiny app boxes in our phones and tablets, so much so that these pieces of technology start feeling like extensions of our bodies!

Being device dependent is exactly this; it is characterised by being over-reliant on your digital devices, to the point of feeling like you are unable to function without them.

That sense of dread that fills you when you realise you have left your house without your phone? That feeling of panic when the ‘battery level low’ notification pops up on your phone and there’s no charger in sight? These are all examples of being device dependent.

The dark implications of device dependency

Device dependency can cost us our health. Research shows that excessive dependency on digital devices, particularly smartphones, can lead to internet addiction and increases the risk of anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Beyond the toll device dependency can take on our mental health, it can also negatively impact our physical health. Long periods of smart device use on a daily basis can lead to muscular pains and strains which include, rounded shoulders, tenderness, stiffness, soreness and weakness in the neck, back and shoulder muscles, as well as reduced neck mobility, among others.

And naturally, in the long run, as our bodies and minds fall short of performing at their best, our productivity at work suffers. Ultimately, the technology that was created as a tool of empowerment for all of us, handicaps us by impeding on our health and efficiency as a result of the unhealthy relationship we form with it.

Tech-savviness on the other hand, is all about empowerment.

Being tech-savvy entails harnessing the power of technology to elevate our processes. That means effectively adopting technology to add value to every aspect of our lives – communicating, creating, learning, sharing and working.

And when it comes to productivity in the workplace, it pays to be savvy. Savviness breeds efficiency and in this day and age, efficiency is the name of the game – whoever can put out their best work in the least amount of time has the competitive advantage and will thrive. The key to being efficient is having a healthy relationship with technology. This means:

i. Cultivating a love for technology

ii. Investing in learning how you can best capitalise on the opportunities technology can create for you

iii. Creating well-defined boundaries with technology that ensure that you do not cross over into dependency. This entails adhering to the device-use guidelines which include: taking breaks between periods of device use (15-minute break after 2 hours of device use), adequate face-to-screen distance, i.e. at least 60cm between the face and computer screens and 30cm when using smart devices, a screen location of 15 – 20 degrees below eye level.

Beyond that, especially during this period of nation-wide lockdowns, avoiding developing a sedentary lifestyle while working from home is a must. Stand (or dance) while working, do push-ups in between periods of long hours behind the computer screen – whatever you can do to stay active.

Evolving from being dependent to being savvy

It is only when we are able to control our use of technology that we are able to unlock its benefits and maximise our potential. For many of us, the first step to this process is recognising that our widespread adoption of technology does not necessarily mean we are savvy; it just means we are over-reliant!

And until we are able to shift our perspective and take the appropriate steps to develop a well-balanced relationship with technology, it will continue to make tools of us.

It’s official – Singapore’s circuit breaker has been extended, but it doesn’t necessarily equate to an extension of screen time for the little ones.

The big question about screen time this circuit breaker.

Classes have migrated online, workouts are being screened via Instagram TV and YouTube, extra-curricular learning can be done through a wide range of apps (Duolingo, anybody?). Technology has made Circuit Breaker an easier one for us all. Pivoting online has been one of the best ways for our children to keep up to date with their schoolwork and connect with their friends despite being apart.

Yet, the big question remains: are we parents relaxing our rules around screen time a little too much during this time? A year ago in 2019, reports have found that 12 year old children in Singapore spend about 6.5 hours on screen time a day. Now that Home-Based Learning (HBL) has been introduced and almost all forms of entertainment and education have pivoted online, one can only imagine the tenfold increase in screen time. We’ve had to make a 180-degree turn on our stance on screen time and accommodate to the long hours our children have to spend on the screen for classes. Now, we ask ourselves, what’s the right balance?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, however, there are irreversible consequences and repercussions as a result of prolonged screen time such as device dependency and myopia.

Sometimes, the screen is necessary.

From education to entertainment, the screen’s got them all. And truth be told, it’s difficult to survive without it in the 21st Century. So while screen time is necessary for us all for different purposes and aspects, it needs to be managed in healthy doses. With the circuit breaker cutting through our children’s mid-year holidays in Singapore, it’ll be tempting to extend a few hours of screen time for our little ones to enjoy, unwind, and keep them occupied. While you relax a few screen time rules to accommodate to your child’s HBL or online school holiday activities, it’s important to also lace in device-free activities to keep your little ones off the screen when you can. This creates a healthy habit of taking a break from the screens occasionally so that your little ones don’t become heavily dependent on their devices.

Here are 3 steps you can take to manage screen time this circuit breaker:

1. Create screen time limits

Once the school holidays kick in to full force and HBL has been completed for the semester, try to limit screen time to a healthy amount. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), children of the following ages should be limited to the corresponding screen time allowances:

  • 0-2 year olds: no screen time at all
  • 2-5 year olds: 1 hour of screen time a day
  • 5 and above: A little more screen time can be introduced, but moderately. No more than a few hours of screen time a day.

2. Remind them to take device breaks

If your child does need to use their devices for any reason, remind them to take a break from the screens every 30 minutes. Resting their eyes for 2 minutes for every half hour on the screen can help relax their eyes and prevent vision conditions like myopia from progressing.

3. Engage in creative device-free play

Even though we have to minimize going outdoors for the time being, that doesn’t mean we can’t bring that outdoor fun indoors! There are a great number of ways to get creative indoors and keep our children occupied. From arts and crafts, to baking, and even an indoor obstacle course – you can bring the fun anywhere you go, even when you’re just at home. This could even make for great family bonding time where you play around with your little ones just like when you were kids yourselves!

Yes to screen time, but in moderation.

There’s no need to explain how much technology has helped us during this Circuit Breaker. For our children especially, the HBL measures put in place that were facilitated by technology have greatly assisted their learning. Once the school work’s completed, let’s make it a point to switch those screens off and spend some quality time with our children away from the screens as well.

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You’re not tired, your eyes are tired. The cause? The one thing you probably can’t live without – your phone screen.

A glare that’s hurting your eyes.

Like clockwork, we switch on our phones when we wake, and we mindlessly scroll through them before we tuck in to bed. Almost all of us are guilty of this. In between the hours of 9am to 10pm? We’re still on our devices – laptops, phones, tablets, you name it, we’re probably on at least 2 of them.

Before you know it, we’re racking up more hours on the screen than we’d care to count. We may not feel the effects of it in the moment, but we’re actually dealing years upon years of irreversible damage to our eyes. When we stare at a screen for an uninterrupted and prolonged period of time, our blink rate actually decreases significantly. According to studies, we blink 66% less when we stare at the screen. This actually places a lot of strain and stress on our eyes and can lead to issues like dry eye.

Moreover, if we use our phones throughout the day, the near proximity of the phone to our eyes can contribute to the progression of myopia. The stress that our eyes undergo to accommodate to the near distance from the screen causes the eye to lose its shape and flexibility. This creates an environment for myopia to progress at a heightened rate.

So what can we do about it?

We’ve only got 1 pair of eyes and we wouldn’t want to take them for granted, would we? So why wait to take care of our eyes when something strikes when we can take precautions to prevent them in them in the first place. Here are 3 things you can do to rest your eyes and relieve your eyes of that strain:

1. Rest your eyes after 30 minutes of device work.

It’s easy for us all to get sucked into a whirlpool of work for hours upon hours. While it is important to get that work done and punctually too, it’s equally important for us to give our eyes a break every half hour. It doesn’t have to be a very long break either. A 2-minute break would suffice to keep your eyes going for another hour! You can use this 2 minutes to close your eyes or just look out the window. Anything is better than sitting curled up in front of the screens all day.

2. Give your eyes some TLC

If you’ve got the time, you could always give yourself a little at-home eye spa treatment. Simply place a warm cloth over your eyes for 20 minutes and close your eyes for a short cat nap. To heighten that spa experience, you could even drop some essential oils on that warm towel for a relaxing scent too. After 20 minutes, your eyes will feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

3. Consult your optometrist for an in-depth review

Who better to tell you about your eyes than a professional optometrist? One of the best ways to find out about the health of your eyes is to visit an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam. During the eye exam, your optometrist will go through a vision acuity test, a retinal test, and will even diagnose and advise treatment for any issues your eyes may be facing. With planoeyecheck.com*, you can book an eye check for yourself today and receive a $50 voucher to offset the cost of your comprehensive eye exam!

A pair of eyes to last you a lifetime.

We’ve got a pair of eyes that are meant to see more than just a screen in front of us, and do we have a lot more to see. So let’s take our eyes of the screen once in a while and give it the adequate rest and care it deserves.

*Only available in Singapore.

Researchers from Cardiff and Bristol universities have recently discovered a genetic test that could screen for severe myopia. This is especially important for children as parents can then seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

It’s easy to just hand your little one a phone or a tablet to accompany them during this stay-home period, but it’s not so easy to handle the repercussions that may come afterward – think device dependency, screen addiction, and even myopia.

When there’s nothing but screens.

An episode or a movie for a day is no big deal. But multiply that by a whole season of a show or a movie marathon to keep your kids occupied throughout the day and that turns into a big deal.  

For us parents working from home, we’re all probably guilty of handing our children the tablet to keep them occupied and silent while we focus on our work at hand. Once we realised the wonderful magic the screen had in keeping our children calm and quiet, the more we used it. With the help of the screen occupying our children’s time, we’re better able to concentrate with laser-like focus on our work. Go technology!

Even for our school-aged children whose lessons have migrated online, it’s still important to take note of the time their spending on the screen throughout the day. Are they staring at their computer screens for every minute of the day? Are they taking adequate eye breaks in between lessons? 

The repercussions.

Yes, technology has been a huge help tiding us over during our time indoors, but as the saying goes, “too much of a good thing can be bad”. It’s important to moderate our children’s screen time amidst ongoing stay-home measures. Spending too much time on the screen can lead to the following consequences:

1. Device dependency

Our habits become our daily routines. If it’s a habit for you to hand your little one the screen every time he/she starts to get restless, it’ll become a habit for your child to depend on the screen. These habits silently snowball into daily routines that your child will get used to. What was once a tool to just give you and your child a moment of peace, will become a crutch for your little one to pass his/her time, to communicate, to find information, etc. The heavier their screen use, the more dependent your little one will be on his/her devices.

2. Screen addiction

Our school-aged children are going to find the screens extremely to be helpful in connecting them with their friends and helping them with their homework. With all these conveniences packed into one screen, what reason would they have to leave the screen? But when it’s time to take the screen away, you might find your child throwing a tantrum, screaming or crying. They might feel strong feelings of resentment and could withdraw from the family. Screen addiction could also lead to mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.

3. Myopia

Screen time and excessive near work activity are risk factors associated with myopia. Device usage is increasing exponentially as a result of work from home measures and online learning. If your children are constantly using their devices throughout the day, their eyes will constantly be under the weight of strain and stress. Resultantly, this could lead to the progression of myopia, especially in our little ones whose vision hasn’t fully developed.

To prevent the above repercussions from happening, it’s important that we, as parents, remind our children to take device breaks every 30 minutes. These breaks don’t necessarily have to last very long, just 5-10 minutes will do. Just closing their eyes for a little while or simply talking to them without the screen in the way will help them take a break from the screens every once in awhile.

Go device-free when you can!

The best way to prevent your child from the above repercussions, is to go screen-free! There are a bunch of amazing screen-free activities for your child to enjoy and for you to join in the fun as well. If your child has lessons online, be sure to switch off all devices after their lessons have ended and spend some well-deserved quality time. It could be as simple as cooking a meal together, playing board games as a family, or even working out together. The choices are endless.

Our devices are here to stay and they’re extremely helpful in entertaining us and making our lives more efficient. However, it’s important to take some time off away from the screens and disconnect to connect with the people around us.