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Thursday, June 29, 2017

HOW SCREEN TIME AFFECTS CHILDREN'S BRAINS

Well, here's another more recent article similar to the one published by me on June  20, 2017
but it's more recent. This article is in WOMEN'S FITNESS.
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Take a look at it:
https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/wired-kids-how-screen-time-affects-childrens-brains

Having spent long hours sitting as a student and a professional musician, I worry about how all this sitting instead of playing is going to affect our children's physical health. And even if we want our kids to be more active, many schools have completely dropped gym, recess and other physical activities. If obesity is a constant problem with kids, then lack of physical in-school activities, which make kids want to move or at least move in balance to sitting, is one of the major problems. This article from the CDC  https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/facts.htm gives you the physical fitness facts.  This 2016 article shows how things might change for the better.: http://neatoday.org/2016/07/14/bringing-recess-back/  This article in the Washington Post explains the difference between recess and gym, which is sometimes confusing. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/03/08/yes-parents-want-recess-for-their-kids-heres-why-they-should-keep-fighting-for-it/?utm_term=.cdb119fcaaba

Even when I was in high school, we had gym every day (true, I hated public showers, ugly gym suits and mean gym teachers), I realize now that physical movement is one of the most important things for both children and adults regardless of negatives. Most activities--tumbling, baseball, gymnastics etc.- were part of the standard school curriculum, not extra curricular that have to be paid for and have parent-pickup. Here's an article from Harvard's School of Public Health. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/lack-of-physical-education-in-schools-concerns-parents/

I guess parents have to decide if they want their kids physically fit or to learn a second language--one of the demands educators often push. I don't know about you, but I can see studying Chinese, if you have a place to practice it, like talking to your grandma, but what good is it going to do U.S. kids who don't have a place to practice it? Which do we want as a school luxury, recess and fitness through gym or something else like a foreign language.

As parents we have to answer this question for ourselves, come forward and demand health for our kids at every age. We can go to the School Board meetings, and most School Board meetings happen in the evening, when parents can go. So get a pro-health group together and don't expect it to be the PTA, because from my experience, PTA's raise money for the schools, which is good, but also only apply that money to what the principal chooses..
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