BBC News today reports that:
“Screen time ‘harms teenagers’ sleep”
The longer a teenager spends using electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, the worse their sleep will be, a study of nearly 10,000 16- to 19-year-olds suggests.
More than two hours of screen time after school was strongly linked to both delayed and shorter sleep.
Almost all the teens from Norway said they used the devices shortly before going to bed.
Many said they often got less than five hours sleep a night, BMJ Open reports.
On average, girls said they spent around five and a half hours a day watching TV or using computers, smartphones or other electronic devices. And boys spent slightly more time in front of a screen – around six and a half hours a day, on average.
Playing computer games was more popular among the boys, whereas girls were more likely to spend their time chatting online.”
“Logging off may be one important step toward securing a good night’s sleep.” Researcher Dr Mari Hysin
Prof Russell Foster, an expert in sleep and neuroscience at the University of Oxford, said: “This is an important study as it provides empirical evidence that the use of electronic devices before bed does indeed reduce sleep duration.”
To read more of this BBC story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31089014
With older teens in the house and ever digital savvy pre-teens internet access, and safety is a very real threat for many parents.
But it’s not just the time spent on the internet its the access to inappropriate material including You Tube, social media sites, online bullying or grooming opportunities that need monitoring.
So how can parents safely limit screen time and internet access?
1. Make them hand over all their devices early evening or insist they place them outside their bedroom doors!
This would lead to evenings of constant begging for devices to be handed back “Its an emergency”, “I need it for my homework” etc…
2. Turn off the router?
Okay so long as you don’t need to use the internet all evening or as long as they don’t have web access via their smartphones.
3. Talk to them and explain your reasoning that they shouldn’t be on the internet?
Well yes, of course if only they cared, would listen, respond.
Perhaps it’s time for a little more strategic (and hassle free) help?
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