Kids\’ Screen time: Tablet vs. TV

According to experts, kids aged 2-5 years old should only have an hour of screen time per day and two hours for kids aged 6 years and older. The suggested hours of screen time promotes healthy usage with moderation.

The rise of technology and convenience has magically turned screens into instant pacifier especially for young children. But as we all know, screen offers limited sensory activities and face to face interaction that prevents them from experiencing real-world activities.

Today\’s generation is truly different. Tablets becomes parents\’ modern pacifier as it effectively makes a crying child stop and keep them entertained. Some experts combine watching TV and tablet play as screen time. But watching TV is different, as it is considered as much more passive activity.

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When asked what is better for kids, Tablets vs. watching television? Well, each has its own pros and cons. Too  much of anything is harmful. Kids can easily get addicted to the screen that can linked to attention and behavioral problems. However, screen time can also do good if done with parents\’ supervision to monitor what kind of media they consume.

The answer is still up to us, parents! It all depends on how we can manage what\’s beneficial; making sure that we can effectively avoid all those health and emotional problems associated with device overuse.

Also, setting screen time guidelines that includes the following General Rules can be a big help:

1. Avoid fast-paced programs, apps with lots of distracting and violent content.

2. No screens during meals and 1 hour before bedtime.

3. Try not to use screen media to bribe or calm your child.

4. Monitor the kind of media they consume, including apps. Test apps before your child uses them and play together.  

5. Make it interactive by asking your child what they think and what they are learning from the media they consume.

A good example is to \”make it a shared three-dimensional experience. The brain development and language development happens when you talk about what is happening on screen, similar to reading a book to your child. Make it a dialog, discuss important concepts, exchange ideas, and relate what your child is learning to real life. 

When parents manages kids\’ screen time, it can surely minimize all the harmful effects.

For sure, kids find playing games on tablets more entertaining and engaging, but as a parent, I personally prefer them to watch TV.

Bigger screens means more distance watching that won\’t easily damage their eyes. Also, they get to play with other toys like Lego blocks while watching their favorite shows and not stuck with just sitting or in one position.

I\’m sure, Sam Haskell, the person named as one of the 25 Most Innovative and Influential People in Television over the last quarter century; couldn\’t agree more.😀

There are tons of educational shows on Youtube that I watched with the kids on bigger screen. It is a good teaching tool or a way to connect as it provides a good opportunity to talk and start a discussion of their insights and choices.

Positive TV, improves kids\’ behavior; same as positive use of Tablet. Whatever the choice is, it all sums up to using with  moderation and guidelines to maximize its benefits.

Have Fun Teaching Your Older Children How to Protect Themselves

It is easy when they are little. You keep them indoors unless you are going to be outside too. You check for monsters under the bed and make sure the doors are locked. But way to soon, your babies turn into teens and young adults that have to go out into the world alone. Teach them how to stay safe while spending some quality time together.

Self-Defense Classes
Check with your local community center for self-defense classes being held in your area. These classes are informative for people of all ages. The instructors are often police officers that know first hand what you can encounter in a dangerous situation. Make a night of it by going out to grab a bite to eat after the class. This gives you one on one time with your child to discuss what you learned.

Learning to Shoot

If you already know how to handle a firearm, you can teach your child yourself. Otherwise, contact the local shooting range to inquire about an instructor that can teach both of you. Once you get past that, you can take concealed carry classes. Finish up your adventure with a shopping trip for concealed carry clothing .

Practice Safety

Long before they are ready to go off to college, you need to be setting a good example of how to stay safe. Be in the habit of always locking the doors when you get home and keep windows latched. Explain how important it is to park in well-lit areas, and make sure car doors are also locked each time you enter or exit the vehicle. Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings.
Taking self-defense classes together, learning to shoot, and practicing safe behaviors together makes these lessons fun, and one day they will be part of you and your child’s special memories. Best of all, you will feel much better about them heading out into the world on their own.

Making Your Home a Safe Place for Your Kids

When you have babies who are beginning to crawl and explore, it is time for parents to think of the child’s safety in the home. Adults watching over the child have things to do around the house and sometimes little children can easily wander out of the adult’s sight while the adult is engrossed in their task.
Little toddlers do not know the danger and they can grab hold of sharp objects and end up with serious injuries. They could climb up a chair to reach a cabinet filled with medication or poisons, or kitchen drawers filled with knives and sharp utensils. Safety products for kids such as safety latches and locks on cabinets and drawers can keep medicine, poisons, knives, etc. from your kids.
If your home is a two storey house, installing a safety gate at the bottom and top of the stairs will help prevent children from falls. Safety gates can also prevent kids from entering bathrooms or rooms with possible danger. Kids are getting smarter each day and the safety gates should not be easily dislodged by pulls or tugs.

When choosing safety gates, make sure that there is no possibility of the child’s head or neck being entrapped. Other safety devices for children may include a child locator to know the where about of the child. Safety devices can also include window guards and safety netting to help prevent falls from windows, balconies, or decks. Corner and edge bumpers are used to prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture in the home. Look for bumpers that can be fixed securely on furniture. Another important cover is the power outlet cover to help prevent electrocution. Get outlet covers that can be securely fitted and cannot be easily removed by the child.

One safety product that is gaining popularity is the homespy cameras. Many home owners are fitting spy cameras in their home to monitor movements of their maid especially when the maid is left alone in the house with their little kids. Parents need to keep tabs to know that their kids are safe in the care of the maid or other family members. Through the spy cam, employers can also find out whether their maid has been secreting entertaining her friend in the absence of their employers. Through the spy cam, owners are able to monitor the home to make sure both the kids and maid are safe from intruders.