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How to keep screen time at healthy levels through the holidays

Neelam Rahim |

2-minute read
04 July 2023 | 22:15 CAT

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With the Holidays in full swing, many of us can’t help our kids find the balance between screen time and playtime. The reality is that many of our kids have replaced conventional toys with screen time.

While screen time can provide entertainment and learning opportunities, it’s important to consider the risks of excessive usage.

Increased screen time can lead to various health issues, such as physical inactivity, sleep problems, headaches, and eye strain. On the other hand, screen time can also benefit children by providing educational content, socialisation opportunities, and creative outlets.

Occupational Therapist Waheeda Essop spoke to Radio Islam International. Passionate about childhood development and empowering parents and teachers to allow children to actualise their potential, Essop highlighted the role of toys, establishing good habits and finding balance.

According to Essop, toys are very valuable to children and offer a means for stimulation in various areas of a child’s development, including motor skills, cognitive development and social development.

However, toys are often now replaced by cell phones for kids to occupy themselves. Essop said excessive screen time is ‘stolen time’ and can negatively impact a child’s physical and mental health.

Setting boundaries and limiting access to tech devices for your kids when it comes to using them is crucial; choosing what is appropriate for their age and limiting their access to these devices is important and can lead to a more fulfilling and memorable holiday season.

Listen to the full interview on Sabahul Muslim with Mufti Yusuf Moosagie.


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