A child’s brain is way more sensitive to electronics than parents may realize. In fact, in doesn’t take too much of electronic stimulation to throw a still-developing brain out of whack. As parents, we think a little TV for our kids may be a good way to de-stress and relax. The hyper-arousal interactive screen time causes, will be more harmful for your child because it’s been linked to the loss of sleep, changes in mood, and cognitive issues.
Here’s the four ways screen time is messing with your child’s physiological mechanisms in their brain:
Screen time increases stress and induces irritability.
In the brain, both chronic stress and acute stress (flight or fight) produces changes in the chemistry of the brain that can induce the need to be irritable. The cause and effect of depression, also known as being the popular chronic stress hormone, cortisol, creates an ongoing cycle inside the brain. The area where mood regulation is supposed to take place is sadly being suppressed by the brains frontal lobe, causing there to be a shift in mood regulation.
Screen time desynchronizes the body and disrupts the sleep cycle.
The light on the screen is pretty bright, and causes the brain to think it’s daytime. When your eyes look into the bright screen, it suppresses melatonin, which is a crucial sleep signal that is released when it’s dark. If a persons body clock is disrupted, the time they heal is also disrupted. Don’t forget that all sorts of unhealthy things can occur when sleep is lost, such as inflammation of the brain and hormones could become unbalanced.
3. Screen names enables reduced physical activity.
When kids have a screen in front of them, the last thing they want to do is go outside. In today’s world, kids all over are being limited to exposing themselves to the outdoors which is great for restoring attention, lowering stress, and reducing anger inside.
Screen time desensitizes the brain in many ways.
In fact, being addicted to an electronic system is easy to do because it releases tons of dopamine “the good-feeling” chemical, and acts as though cocaine entered the body. When these pathways are heightened at such a high level, they become overused and less sensitive, which means it will take more stimulation to experience any sort of pleasure.
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