Check out this VERY interesting and thought provoking NPR piece c/o WBUR in Boston about ‘Screen Free Week’ in which kids are urged to ‘unplug.’
From the corresponding web post –
Back away from your electronic device — that’s the message from the non-profit Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood, which has declared this Screen-Free Week.
Susan Linn, director of organization, wants parents and children to turn off devices because, she says, children are exposed to too much screen media at an early age.
“On any given day, 64 percent of babies between 12 months and two years [are] watching TV and video for an average of over two hours per day,” Linn told Here & Now‘s Robin Young. “The screens and the rapidly moving images trigger little squirts of Dopamine, which is associated with pleasure [and it is] kind of mirroring what happens with addictive drugs.”
Perhaps Ms. Linn has never had young kids or maybe is too far removed? I can think of many parents who would disagree with her, including yours truly.