Finding children playing smartphones , tablets, or other gadgets certainly makes parents aware. The reason is, you are afraid that your child will become lazy in activities, addicted to gadgets , to damage the brain and growth and development.
But on the other hand, it cannot be denied that this one technological sophistication can be a powerful weapon to calm fussy children.
Well, the good news, health experts now actually allow children to play gadgets , you know. In fact, he said this could help support children’s growth and development. How can? Here’s the full review.
Benefits of gadgets for child development
From now on, you don’t need to worry anymore when you see children playing gadgets . Not only does it help calm fussy children , the American Academy of Pediatric (AAP) reveals that the presence of gadgets also can support children’s growth and development, you know.
Well, here are various benefits that can be obtained when allowing children to play gadgets.
1. Stimulating motor skills
Motor skills are abilities that are related to the movement of the muscles of the body such as the lips, tongue, hands and feet. Well, this child’s motor skills turned out to be trained through educational games available in gadgets , you know.
When holding a smartphone or tablet, your little one will involve eye coordination and movement of his fingers to open the application until it successfully plays the game . He will follow the direction of the cursor when playing, pressing the right or left button, or pointing to the desired objects. This proves that indirectly, the presence of gadgets can train children’s motor skills in their infancy.
2. Practice thinking
Experts agree that technological developments that exist today can help improve children’s cognitive abilities faster and better. Cognitive skills are abilities related to ways of thinking, remembering, making plans, and solving problems.
Now there are many interactive media, video games , or other educational programs that can stimulate thinking skills in children. Take for example in puzzle games , children are stimulated to focus and look for ways to arrange random pieces of pictures into one complete picture.
This kind of game can stimulate children’s thinking to solve problems so they can continue to advance to the next level. That way, you no longer need to worry that the frequency of playing gadgets will have a negative impact on children’s cognitive development.
3. Stimulate children to think creatively
Don’t get me wrong, letting children play gadgets turns out to be one way to stimulate children’s creativity, you know. Because, now there are many applications that can train the balance of the child’s left and right brain, one of them is through drawing and coloring activities.
With the development of technology, there is now a new gadget that combines conventional image methods (with paper and pencils or crayons) with digital technology methods. That is, you can teach children to color without using crayons, but only have to touch or move the cursor on the device screen only.
With coloring activities, children will be attracted to creative thinking by combining various colors into one favorite picture of the little one. This method can help children express their ideas and creativity in new ways that they have never done before.
Besides sharpening creativity, this color therapy can also be a method of relaxation for your little one, you know. The child only feels that he is playing, even though at the same time he is also learning through his favorite gadget .
You can also take advantage of quality time by drawing and coloring with children. Invite the child to discuss the picture of what he wants, what color he likes, and finally color it together until it’s finished. Help children channel their creativity by providing a variety of tools needed, ranging from picture books, color pencils, crayons, and other drawing tools.
How long is the safe limit for children playing gadgets?
Even though you may allow children to play gadgets for reasons of benefit, you still need to pay attention to the limits too, huh. Remember, behind the tantalizing benefits, gadgets still have a negative impact that can make children addicted to gadgets .
Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP, a lead author of Media and Young Minds , said that parents must keep an active eye on children playing gadgets . Do not let this one habit make children do not have much time to take a nap, play, study, or practice speaking in their infancy.
Health experts and child welfare observers recommend that new children should play gadgets from the age of 2-5 years. This is so that parents can play a full role in training children’s growth and development at least until the age of 2 years.
Entering the age of 2 years, then you can introduce children with a gadget . However, still limit the time to play gadgets up to 1 hour per day. As much as possible, always accompany the child to play the gadget and help your child understand what they see from the device screen.
After finishing playing the gadget , don’t forget to balance it also with various activities outside the home that are useful for child development. For example by inviting children to sports, reading story books, coloring pictures, and so on.
That way, you can continue to monitor the habits of children playing gadgets to prevent them from being addicted to gadgets . More than that, children do not always sit still playing gadgets so that children avoid the risk of obesity.