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Will Online Education Spoil Your Kids Eyes?

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  • October 20, 2020
  • Pooja Rathod

Impact of Screen time on your childs eyesight

Received a forward on how we can take care of our kids eyes while schooling virtually. Just a few pointers which we all are aware of but we need to remind our kids and make sure they follow and in build inside them. I would never express positivity for online schooling but i guess this is the path ahead for our kids. Just a little efforts to align our kids with screen etiquettes which will take care of their eyes and overall health also.

    • Using bigger screens preferably iPads/ Laptops / Tablets as they are better than smartphones in terms of visibility. .
    • Place the device at a distance of 1 and half feet to 2 feet & at 10-30 degrees below eye level so there is no neck strain. Back should be straight.
    • Parents should supervise the kids often so that they maintain distance from the screens.
    • Making conscious effort to blink frequently as it refreshes eyes and makes one more attentive. Normal blink rate being  12 -15 times a minute. 
    • Each session should be at the most of 30 minutes. Encouraging a 10 min break after each session ( i know practically that's not possible  and not even happening in my daughters sessions but I so wish this comes into practise too). Also child should move away from the screen in break time to reduce screen time however small it is.
    • I loved this point the most. ' 5 times the poem.

"Stretch yourself (5 times).
Roll your head (5 times).
Roll your wrists (5 times) .
Look outside the window , and count 5 objects you see.
Drink sips of water (5 times).
5 times you jump like little Jack.
And teacher is here, we gotta run back."

      • Adjust the brightness of the screen before the session starts. Not too bright , not too dim.
      • Healthy diet containing essential vitamins , antioxidants,  carotenoids .
      • Cutting down screen time for entertainment purposes.
      • Encouraging physical exercise like yoga and aerobics.
      • Adequate sleep of 8-10 hours

If we train our kids in the ways mentioned above , online schooling will be a better experience and kids will learn screen time etiquettes that will stay with them forever.


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