Although many parenting bullies would like us to believe that screen time is going to sneak in our homes at night a murder our families, the fact of the matter is that screens have evolved into something that is completely necessary for our day-to-day lives.
There was a time when screens were a novelty and were certainly not necessary to our survival, but right now, especially as the pandemic rages on, screens are our lifelines to the outside world. We are working, going to school, and ordering our food through screens. We are talking with our friends and family members through screens. So maybe it isn’t all that bad after all?
While it’s true that kids who spend too much time in front of screens have been shown to have developmental delays and family dysfunction, it’s more likely that dysfunctional families spend more time in front of screens than that a functional family is sitting kids in front of screens to their developmental detriment.
Right now parents are terrified of the amount of time kids are spending in front of screens. They are going to school and chatting with their friends through tiny screens, and parents are concerned. But the fact of the matter is that this is how we are keeping connected with one another these days, and it’s better to have human connection than none at all while remaining safe from the pandemic.
Learn more about the issue of screen time in a pandemic from the infographic below.