Technology is a boon and a bane. On one hand it has ensured that children’s learning and activities did not come to a complete standstill during the pandemic. On the other hand, what started as an alternative to make do during the pandemic has become a commonly seen option to entertain children in the new normal and we are now living in a highly screen-reliant era. Based on a recent research, children are spending much more than the recommended screen time for their age and that is a problem. Kinderland Preschool Malaysia ensures that your child is learning actively through both indoor and outdoor play!
Pandemic Problems – Too Much Screen Time for Children
Did you know that due to the pandemic, there has been an exponential increase in screen time for children? In fact, the latest study by the Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE) reported that children between the ages of two and six have increased their screen time by 23% during the pandemic. They now spend an average of 2.15 hours a day, which is more than double the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation of no more than an hour a day.
There are many reasons for this – home-based learning, enrichment lessons being shifted online or parents working from home and trying to keep their children entertained with screens. Even without the pandemic, screen time has become the resident babysitter in many households.
On the contrary to the increasing screen time, total physical activity time for pre-schoolers fell by 10 per cent to 2.25 hours compared with previous studies before the pandemic, as reported by the Singapore’s papers. This duration is shorter than the recommended of three hours of physical play that WHO recommends.
Of the three hours of play, WHO advises that one hour should be energetic play outdoors, yet more children are not meeting this guideline, especially so, during the pandemic.
Unfortunately, this is detrimental to children. The same study found that higher amounts of screen time negatively affect cognitive development in children. Not forgetting that it causes them to increasingly live a sedentary lifestyle which goes against a child’s natural inclination to be exploring their surroundings and being out and about!
That is why at Kinderland, we believe in the importance of off-screen activities. Here is how we infuse it into our curriculum!