Play is an important part of being a child and growing up; this time should not be looked at as a waste of time or a missed opportunity to be doing something more structured. Often we ask ourselves what should our children be doing for play time.
Computer games are a go to for many kids, the games are exciting, flashy graphics, there are exciting sounds and time wizzes by. In moderation they are a great providing them with exposure to new ideas, encourage new interests and sometimes they even learn something. Too much time on computer games though can become counterproductive depriving your child of other healthy play time opportunities.
Encouraging play away from screens and exploring their interests in other ways is important for child development, it helps with brain development and self-sufficiency. When children play in groups they also will naturally develop leadership and negotiating skills that they would not develop if they were only to interact with the screen. There they have to learn to play with other children how to get their way and to compromise with others.
As part of a healthy life it is recommended to keep a child’s time on a screen to no more than an hour a day if they are between two and five years old, and no more than two hours in most cases for older children, the closer to one hour a day the better. Encouraging and enforcing these limits can be difficult at first but with the right mindset and the aid of incentives such as Pixel Pounds you can encourage healthy play time and computer usage.