Did you know that your child’s inability to focus on tasks may be due to their screen time? Researchers are finding out that children who have unlimited screen time are struggling to focus at school and have difficulty following through on tasks. Symptoms of too much screen time can look like a mental health disorder. That means that some children are receiving a diagnosis for disorders like ADHD, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Oppositional Defiance, etc—-and the culprit is the SCREEN!!!
I myself can tell a huge difference in my own child when screen time is not limited. Her grades start dropping, and her Math sheet looks like she chooses “1,2, skip a few”. Her ability to tolerate small frustrations and her overall attitude changes. That’s when I have to shape up in my parenting and set those limits. We will stay away from that screen for several days as a “reset”. Yes, even I struggle sometimes to keep those limits set. When life gets busy and she gets away with it, she will definitely take advantage of that screen.
It’s scary to me that so many children and teens have unlimited access 24/7. They are exposed to so much stimulation and not to mention the inappropriate things they accidentally see when there are no restrictions on screens. So many negative consequences fall from unlimited and/or unrestricted screen time.
If you notice your child suddenly struggling with disorganization, restlessness, limited focus, and behavior changes, try a screen free zone for a while and see how quickly and how drastic they change. Your child who seems like they are possessed by someone/something else will return to you.
Have you seen a positive change in your child when limiting screen time?