In the digital age, children are faced with many more options than other generations nowadays for leisure. With a whole cast of phone applications, websites, video games, and television shows, children no longer have choices for play that challenges them to grow their imagination and simulate real-life situations in a healthy environment.
Many concerned parents and families are left wondering if televisions, computers, and mobile devices truly pose a threat to our children’s wellbeing. “The widespread use of portable digital devices has been accompanied by a concomitant rise in the prevalence of physical and mental health issues in children.” says Brian T. Maurer in an article published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Although Maurer does cite some benefits for digital social connections in the study, the concerns of digital entertainment are still substantially worrisome for growing children.
Traditional play is something that inspires imagination and holds irreplaceable benefits for children’s physical and cognitive growth. As simple and silly as it may sound, old-fashioned playtime is at the foundation to children’s health in their formative years. “Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.” says Kenneth R. Ginsburg in an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In a way, parents and families are tasked with the responsibility that kids have the opportunity to unplug from tech and get a healthy dose of simple, old-fashioned play.
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