Recommendations for children to use screens responsibly this summer

MADRID, July 7. (Portaltic/EP) –

The screens They have become essential devices in families, especially since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, when it was recorded that 98 percent of Spanish minors between the ages of 10 and 15 used them on a regular basis.

This was one of the main conclusions of the study ‘The use of technology by minors’ published by the National Observatory of Technology and Society (ONTSI), which analyzed the impact of the pandemic on the use of devices in Spain.

This increase in the use of screens at home is also delimited in a Qustodio report, which states that minors spend up to four hours a day connected to screens outside the classroom.

As these types of studies echo, the use of screens has become a matter of some controversy. This is because it is generally associated with the “addiction“, especially in a group as impressionable as children.

This is one of the conclusions reached by the expert and founder of the educational school El Pupitre de Pilu, Pilu Hernandez Dopico, in a statement sent to Europa Press.

The arrival of summer and vacations extend the time that minors can spend on screens. Faced with this situation, Hernández Dopico sees “unrealistic” the fact of wanting to eliminate the use of these devices by adults and guardians.

This expert suggests that “instead of demonizing them”, families seek a balance in the use that their children make of them. To do this, he advises establishing “consistent and constant” rules of use. For example, Hernández Dopico recommends “limiting the hours and time, directing the content they consume a little and establishing parental control.”

When it comes to putting a minor in front of a screen, the expert recalls the “multitude of educational applications with a playful component” that exist. These options are increasingly “more present” in classrooms, so she sees it advisable to teach children to make “responsible use” of them.

Beyond the screens, Hernández Dopico sees fit that parents offer other alternatives to their children. Among these, he highlights those of “doing crafts, reading, playing board games, doing outdoor activities such as excursions or water balloon fights and enjoying family time.”

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