We’re all guilty of it- stayed up too late looking at Social Media like Facebook or Instagram, putting off sleep just looking at post after post. Those late night binges have a term called “vamping.”
“Vamping” is growing into such a widespread occurrence and parents should be concerned over its possible side effects. Sleep deprivation, anxiety, mood changes, and depression are just a few of the risks involved with being plugged in all the time, especially in the evenings and late into the night.
There are a few things parents can do to help with this issue.
- Turn off the phone or computer an hour before bed.
- Keep the devices away from the child while they are in bed.
- Set time limits for phone or computer use.
- Be an example.
This generation is the first ever to be raised with a smart device in hand. As parent we’re just trying to figure this out one day at a time. Kids need to power off in order to develop socially, mentally, and physically. Try giving kids alternatives to the Social Media late nights like-
- Reading a book
- Playing card games or board games
- Going for a bike ride or a walk
- Having a conversation
Giving kids boundaries and setting time limits will help ensure a healthy relationship with Social Media and smart devices. Having balance is key in order to raise healthy kids. So unplug and sleep well!
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More than just that I think parents with young children must give the example of exercising self control and reduce their own time in front of the screen, make time for their children and encourage them into diverse activities that are chalenging,,introduce them to variety. Real life instead of virtual life.
I agree. I think sometimes parents use devices as a babysitter. Its vital in a child’s rearing to have balance. Thank you for stopping by our blog!