According to a new study at the University of Guelph, your child will not be the best idea if you are going to prepare additional behavior on the iPad.
Researchers have found that children whose parents have time to deliver are rewarded or canceled as punishment, spend more time on a smartphone, tablet, computer, or in front of television than children whose parents do not.
"Similarly, how sweet medicines should not be used as a reward, as this can increase the attractiveness for them," said family relationships and useful nutrition, Professor Jess Haines, who participated in a study with Lisa Tang. "When you donate food as a reward, children become less carrots and more cakes. The same thing with the time of the screen."
Published in the magazine Obesity BMCThe study examined the impact of parental practices on the time spent by young children in front of the screens. The study included 62 children aged 18 months to five years old and 68 parents.
"We wanted to explore the impact of parental practices on the time of the child and pre-school child, as this is the age when habits and routines are exercised and usually continue throughout life," Tang said. "The use of mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, has also increased popularity in this age group in recent years."
At present, only 15 percent of Canadian preschoolers fulfill Canadian guidelines for sedentary behavior for less than an hour of recreation per day. Children under two years of age should not have time to sit in front of the screen, she added.
As part of the study, parents raised questions such as how they monitor children's screen time when the time allowed for children and whether parents spend time in front of the screen when they are around their children.
The results show that children spend almost an hour and a half before sitting, and on weekends a little over two hours a day. Parents spend an average of two hours a week during the week, and on weekends a little more than two and a half hours a day.
The time of the children's screen has been influenced by several factors, including whether parents use the time of the screen as a prize. The study showed that most parents reported using screen time as a way to control behavior, especially on weekends. This caused children to watch an average of 20 minutes a day in front of the screen.
"We believe that the time of the screen is greater on weekends because the children are at home and usually have more interaction with their parents," Haines said.
If parents spend time in front of the screen when they are around their children, children also have more time. This was more pronounced when the mother was the one who spent time in front of the screen.
"It is possible that parents allow the child to be in front of the screen," says Haines. "It's not so common for parents of younger children because parents can have a time when the child is at the bottom or in bed. But as the children grow older, they grow sideways and have a later holiday, they spend time in front of the screen without children around it becomes harder."
Finally, the study found that children who were allowed to show time between meals had more time ahead of the screen.
"We do not believe that screens should be part of the meals, because this is the right time for the family," Haines said. "And parents must remember if they prevent their children from having time between meals, then they must be consistent and respect this limit."
It is important to understand the factors that influence the increase in the time of the baby's screen, because this sedentary activity is associated with a higher risk of obesity and poorer academic and social skills later in life, Tang said.
"Watching screens discourages other interactions that help children develop social and academic skills. Our hope is that these findings can help us arm parents who enter the world where screens are everywhere."