Technology and Your Child’s Developing Brain

In today’s digital age, technology has become an integral part of our lives. From smartphones to tablets, screens are everywhere, and children are increasingly exposed to them. However, this exposure comes with significant consequences for the developing brain. At the Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development, we believe it is essential to understand these effects and advocate for balanced screen time to ensure healthy development in children.

The Risks of Excessive Screen Time

Research indicates that excessive screen time can negatively impact various aspects of a child’s development, including dopamine overload, executive function skills, stress levels, myelin development, social skills, emotional development, impulse control, and perseverance. Let’s take a closer look.

The Importance of Interactive Play

Interactive play is crucial for healthy brain development. Engaging in activities such as reading, playing with peers, and participating in physical activities helps children develop imagination, improve vocabulary, enhance listening skills, and build strong social connections. These activities lay the foundation for academic success and overall well-being.

Guidelines for Screen Time

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides clear guidelines for technology use in children. By adhering to these guidelines, parents can help ensure their children maintain a healthy balance between screen time and other essential activities.

Practical Tips for Limiting Screen Time

Here are some strategies to help manage your child’s screen time:

Balancing screen time with interactive play and face-to-face interactions is essential for fostering a well-rounded and healthy development in our children. At the Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development, we are committed to promoting the healthy development of children. By understanding the impact of technology on a developing brain and implementing practical strategies to limit screen time, we can help our children thrive. For more detailed information, you can refer to the two documents linked below from the Lancaster County IU13 Preschool Early Intervention Program.

How does Technology Affect A Developing Brain
Screen Time Negative Effects

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As a nationally recognized pediatric facility, the Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development provides family-centered education and therapy programs for infants, children and adolescents with disabilities, developmental delays, and acquired injuries. Our goal-oriented approach maximizes each child’s ability to function independently within the community.