TV in kids’ room may show your elite status to rest. For me, it is showcasing example of mindless careless parenting by arrogant neo-rich.
With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time.
Children Uniquely Vulnerable to Sleep Disruption From Screens, New Paper Suggests
Their eyes are not fully developed! Even if it is innocent cartoon, it is against the development cycle!
Biological, neurological and environmental factors all play a role:
Because their eyes are not fully developed, children are more sensitive than adults to the impact of light on the internal body clock, the paper notes.
“Light is our brain clock’s primary timekeeper,” LeBourgeois says, explaining that when light hits the retina in the eye in the evening hours it suppresses the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, delaying sleepiness and pushing back the timing of the body clock. “We know younger individuals have larger pupils, and their lenses are more transparent, so their exposure and sensitivity to that light is even greater than in older individuals.”
“Through the young eyes of a child, exposure to a bright blue screen in the hours before bedtime is the perfect storm for both sleep and circadian disruption,” LeBourgeois says.
The “psychological stimulation” of digital media – whether it’s exposure to violent media or texting with friends – can also sabotage sleep by boosting cognitive arousal, the authors note.
LeBourgeois offers these recommendations for parents:
Limit children’s media use in the hour before bedtime.
Turn off all electronic media devices, including yours, at bedtime, and charge them in a central location outside bedrooms.
Remove all electronic media from your child or teen’s bedroom, including TVs, video games, computers, tablets, and cell phones.