Children and computersPublished: Jun 19th, 2020 05:20 pm
pandemic has taught us the value of offline education and also made us accept
the fact that this is the new normal. A huge concern for parents is the child’s
health .The basic questions that arise are; will the child’s eyes get affected? Is it
going to cause headaches or strain in the eyes? How best can I protect my
child? Computer Vision syndrome (CVS) is also a cause of concern for parents.
1. Screen Size:
It is always recommended to have a bigger screen,
like a Laptop or a connection to a smart TV rather than a smartphone.
Placing the Laptop on a table is better than placing
it on the lap. The screen should be ideally 10-15 degrees below the eye level
to avoid neck strain. Adjusting the screen according to the height of the child
is a good choice. The distance from the person to the screen should be
atleast 1.5 to 2m. It is best to have to have the back straight.
Using a desktop or a laptop placed on a flat surface is a good option.
3. 20/20/20 rule:
Generally, a class should be for about 20 to 30
minutes. After every session it is best to have a break for 20 minutes, look at
something placed at 20 feet away for 20 seconds. During
that break time it is important to keep away from the screen.
Looking at the screen for a prolonged time causes a
person to blink less frequently. Blinking often keeps eyes moist, and reduces
dryness and irritation. It is important to lubricate the eyes by consciously
blinking them often. It refreshes one’s eyes and attention.
5. Text Neck:
Constant bending and slouching may cause a bending
in the neck. Commonly referred to as ‘text neck’ or ‘tech neck’, can happen due
to a poor posture. Ensure that the height of the system is proper stand is used
to place the phone and a proper posture is maintained.
6. Maintaining Distance:
Children may get closer to the screen as their
attention increases in a video or a game. It is important for a parent to have
a constant watch over the children to ensure a safe watching distance.
7. Physical activity:
Change your physical position, walk a little, smile
a little, stretch a little. Little stretches when sitting on the chair can
ensure that your muscles do not freeze. Turn and twist while taking a break and
also ensure that you do not strain your muscles a lot.
8. Screen settings:
Adjust the brightness of the screen before the
class. An anti-reflective glass coating will help in viewing better, by cutting
off the blue light from the device. Use appropriate lighting in the room that
does not cause a strain on your eyes. Not all reading light brightness is apt
while using your device too. The use of an anti glare screen or glasses that
keep eyes safe from the harmful light is recommended.
Over 50 percent of people working in front of a
computer experience digital eye strain. Symptoms like dry eye, eye fatigue, red
eyes and head ache. This is generally thought to be due to exposure to high
energy light exposure called “blue light”. Blue light is one of the shortest,
high energy wavelengths that can be perceived by humans. Glasses that protect
the eyes are recommended.
9. Healthy Diet:
It is important to have a healthy diet enriched with
vitamins and proteins. Green leafy vegetables, fish, fruits like mangoes,
papaya, carrots, broccoli and diet enriched with dry fruits help in maintaining
the health of eyes
10. Active Learning:
Staying at home is important in such tough
times. That does not mean that learning should not stop. Being aware of smaller
things at home and encouraging passive experiential learning should not stop.
It is important for the parent to enable children to
take advantage of the worldwide web and grow. Taking personal care will help
the child make full use of this technology and be on par with the competitive