5 Ways of Digital Detox for your kid to begin the New Year: In today’s technological advanced age, children tend to spend maximum time indoors. Most kids are glued to television, smartphones, and other gadgets. They seldom engage in physical activities or go out and play.
According to a survey released by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that tracks young people’s tech habits, On average 8-to-12-year-olds spent 4 hours and 44 minutes on screen media each day. And teens average 7 hours and 22 minutes — not including time spent using screens for school or homework. The average time spent watching videos — mostly on YouTube — has roughly doubled, to an hour each day.[i]
The above has become a serious concern among parents. As per the National Trust Survey (83%) of parents questioned thought it was important their children learned to use technology, nine out of 10 would prefer them to spend their childhood outdoors, developing a connection with nature.[ii]
Taking this into consideration, experts from Fevicreate lists down few ways of Digital detox for kids to start the new year on an active note:
Involvement in Art & Craft
Urge your child to engage in crafting and motivate them to create something out of the box to enhance their creativity. Involvement in art and craft helps in stimulating the brain cells, moreover, it aids in better concentration. Art and craft allow children to pick up vast array of skills and assists in developing a practical approach towards learning. The feeling of creating something unique and creative, on their own offers the child a sense of satisfaction and achievement. For children, it is more about developing basic skills through do-it-yourself and it also boosts their confidence.
Thus, encourage your child to take out their crafting gear and do some fun learning by creating interesting items. They could build a robot about recycled material, make slime, create and decorate a fridge magnet using ideas available on portals such as Fevicreate.com. You can also purchase a Fevicreate DIY kit that has everything for your fun activity right inside a box.
Gardens are kids’ best friends, from swings to slides children love playing in there. Other games like football, basketball, cricket, and activities like skipping, cycling etc the list is never ending. Playing outdoor, promotes physical development, it can also be a brilliant way to enhance learning abilities. Besides, it improves the interpersonal skills of the child as it encourages them to come out of their shell and interact effectively with other kids. Furthermore, being at the development stage, outdoor games allow the children to develop their motor senses, coordination of hands and eyes, balance and overall performance. So motivate your child to go out and involve in some fun and frolic games.
Stop the time and read!!
Parents were children once and have grown up listening to fascinating stories about the righteousness of the Pandavas, the wit of Birbal and the stories of Vikram and betaal that has helped learn some important lessons. It is important and imperative for parents to narrate stories that will not only excite the kids and strengthen the relationship but also leave them with some of life’s greatest lessons.
Integrating music, dance, drama etc.
Encourage your child to pursue hobbies like singing, dancing and taking up performing arts as it offers the kids an opportunity to grow emotionally. It helps in boosting their confidence and master the anxiety that children often encounter while performing on stage. It aids in bringing out the best in the child, promotes creativity and imagination.
Take your kids out for trekking, hiking, camping as trying out new sports and activities has a positive impact on the body and mind.