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Reducing Reliance on Electronic Media, the Hot Topic of the Moment

With the emergence of the pandemic, families’ heavy reliance on computers and other Electronic devices for school and for work had been an inevitable part of our daily life. However, even before the pandemic, the consumption of electronic media was on a record high with people shifting to a digital-centric approach. Electronic devices such as computers, TV, game systems, smartphones, have become such an influential part of modern living.

It has gone to that level where one of all the devices might be switched on at all hours of day and night. Screen-Free Week is an attempt to make the public aware of the importance of reducing children’s and the whole family’s dependence on electronic media.

If we look at the trends over the last four years especially, we will find that on average, people watch four hours of television and then spend another four hours plus with computers, games, video, iPod, and cell phones. The biggest culprit of them all is the television which is used worldwide more than any of the screening systems.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the upper limit for children’s television viewing should be not more than two hours a day. But how often have we seen children across not only in the US but Europe binge-watching series for hours and hours? The Department of Education has come up with a resolute plan to reduce the level of electronic media consumption among the younger age groups.

Excessive time spent in front of Electronic devices leads to cut into family time which should not be the case at any time. While turning off Electronic devices completely is not practical, participating in Screen-Free Work can help parents set the habits for Less screen time for their children.

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