Paediatrians warning over Digital Toys

Paediatricians want parents to stop giving toddlers digital toys, as they disturb creative play and interactions with caregivers, which are essential for a child’s development.

Paediatricians are raising the concern that is linked to parking your child in front of a television for hours, or giving them a mobile to play games. The overall problem in doing this is it doesn’t allow them to use their own creative minds in what they’re doing. For example, if a child was given a colouring book, they would be able to develop their skills in design and imagination. However, giving a child a digital game, only allows them to follow instructions on how to play, rather than essentially making their own game. Physical toys, such as books, support warm, verbally rich interactions and quality time for the caregiver and child.

Children under the age of 2 shouldn’t have any screen time at all, whether it’s television or digital games and toys, according to the American Academy of Paediatrics. Doctors say that one of the most important purposes of play during childhood – especially for infants and toddlers – has nothing to do with ABCs, instead it’s to help children develop early social, emotional and behavioural skills. Ideally, parents should choose toys that are not overstimulating and encourage children to use their imaginations. Social, emotional and behavioural skills are developed and enhanced when kids use play to work out real-life problems.

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