PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many kids spend hours on social media platforms, scrolling aimlessly through video after video.
But some reports suggest it could be hurting their attention span.
We all know how addictive scrolling on our smartphones can be. And for kids and teens, all that screen time and attention takes away from face-to-face interactions.
Child psychologists say there is currently no concrete evidence that regularly scrolling through videos on social media can have a long-term impact on a child’s attention span.
However, in the short term, it might be more difficult for them to concentrate in class or complete an assignment that they find boring.
So what can you do? Limit their screen time.
And if they want to interact with screens, parents should do it with them.
“Limiting access is definitely the only way I know of. All of a child’s conversations and lectures will do nothing because screen tapping is far more powerful than anything a parent will say,” said Dr Michael. says Manos of the Cleveland Clinic.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under four should spend no more than one hour in front of a screen per day, while older children should have no more than two.
If your child throws tantrums when you take away their phone or tablet, it might be worth seeing a professional, experts say.