Limiting screen time for children

Kids should chat more with parents

Ms Alicia Boo and Mr Daniel Chai allow their two older children some screen time, but not their babies.
Ms Alicia Boo and Mr Daniel Chai allow their two older children some screen time, but not their babies.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

I was glad to read about some parents' decision to limit screen time for their young children (Limit Gadgets For Kids, Life, Nov 6).

It is harder to do this if the kids are always using gadgets whenever they like.

I have seen many parents plonk a device in front of their young children, some still in prams, at food outlets, trains and shopping malls.

It is depressing to see families eating together, but all of them are glued to their gadgets.

Children learn from adults. How do youngsters pick up communication and social skills if there are no role models?

I agree with parent Lim Choon Kiong that children should not be constantly entertained.

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The need for entertainment has gone so deep into their lives that anything that is not "fun" cannot capture their attention.

Constant stimulation from gadgets can cause them to lose focus when working on tasks, such as reading a passage.

Nothing should replace the parents' interaction with their children.

I hope to see more youngsters chatting happily with adults and young ones playing outdoors and not plugged into their gadgets in an air-conditioned mall.

Chan Wai Yee, Evelyn

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2016, with the headline 'Kids should chat more with parents'. Print Edition | Subscribe