As a parent, it can be a challenge to reduce your child’s screen time. Large amounts of your day can be spent keeping your kids safe and healthy and in today’s digital age, new types of risks are proving hard to escape, including the exposure of blue light from our devices.
Although it is naturally released by the sun, the sheer amount of time being spent on digital devices means that our eyes are overexposed to blue light.
As blue light enters our eyes, it penetrates as far as the retina, which is especially damaging for kids. Up until their teenage years, a child’s eye is still not fully developed, making them even more susceptible to the harmful effects of blue light. With a lower amount of macular pigment, which acts as a natural blue light filter in our eyes, and larger pupils than adults, more light is entering your children’s eyes at all times. So what does this overexposure of blue light mean?
Besides being the cause of tired and irritated eyes, blue light can suppress the release of melatonin, a fundamental hormone that helps to regulate sleeping patterns. If your children appear distracted and lacking in energy, blue light could be the reason why!
How to reduce the effects of technology and blue light on children?
Limit their screen time: as schools are introducing the use of digital devices in the classroom and at home, limiting the time spent on devices is a good first step.
Keeping a safe distance from screens: depending on the type of device, ensure they are keeping a safe distance between their eyes and their screens, as well as lowering the brightness of the screen itself.
No screens before bed: setting a digital curfew a few hours before bedtime can significantly improve their sleeping routine, leading up to a good night’s rest.
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