Online learning is the new normal for kids around the country. With so much screen time, it can take a toll on their brains and their eyes. Muscles around the eyes can become strained, which could cause blurry vision and headaches. Dry eyes are also common with excess exposure to screens.
To help prevent screen time burnout, taking breaks is key. Here are some helpful tips.
#1: Keep blinking.
Medical research shows that staring at a computer or iPad screen can cuts blinking time. Encourage your child to blink more than normal – especially when they are taking breaks from the screen. This will help remoisturize eyes and keep them from getting too dry.
#2: Follow the 20/20/20 rule.
There is a commonly known rule for screen breaks called the 20/20/20 rule. It is simple: look away rom the screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object that’s at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more. In addition, kids should plan to be away from the screen for at least 10 minutes each hour.
#3: Get creative with breaks.
Exercising and getting outside is one of the best ways to maximize screen time breaks. Take a quick jog around the park, take the dog for a walk to a local park, jump rope outside for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, or simply do jumping jacks in your yard for a bit. Kids should be getting up to an hour a day of physical activity through active play or exercise and screen breaks are a great way to meet that goal. Not to mention, getting outside is important for exposure to natural light which is good for the body and mind.
#4: Stay on top of vision care.
Regular eyecare appointments with your eye doctor are important. Routine eye exams help screen for potential issues and will also give your child a chance to talk about any blurry vision or eye fatigue that they may be experiencing with greater amounts of screen time.
Online school is a big change for many kids, and it requires a lot of adaptation for not just kids – but parents, too. If you are having a hard time juggling it all, consider hiring a nanny to provide an extra hand. We have a variety of experienced nannies waiting to find their next home placement. Contact us today to help find the perfect match for your family.