Kids Are Glued to Their Screens

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Everywhere you look you see kids with their heads down looking at their smartphones. When they get home, they go to their computer or tablet. Once its bedtime, they pick up their phones then lay down in bed while browsing the internet and texting their friends. This becomes a common pattern of daily life for kids in our generation. If kids do not have after school activities or their parents are at work, they will automatically gravitate to their computers, phones, tablets, and televisions. This is a serious problem for today’s generation of kids, and my solution is to create an app that is built into every device straight out of the factory which is designed to help parents keep track of their kids’ screen time and to regulate how long they are allowed to be in front of the screens. I am not a cranky adult who sees technology as a cancerous anomaly that should be avoided at all costs. I am not one of those irritable moms who does not want you to touch a computer because it is all a waste of time. I am a normal college student who uses the computer probably more than the average person does. I know first-hand what too much screen time can do to a person. Too much screen time can lead to obese children. “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years” (Adolescent). How does screen time lead to childhood obesity? “Sitting and watching a screen is time that is not spent being physically active” (Kaneshiro). Another good point that Kaneshiro points out is that “TV commercials and other screen ads can teach children to make less healthy food choices. Most of the time, the food in ads aimed at kids is high in sugar, salt, or fats. It is not nutritious” (Kaneshiro)... ... middle of paper ... ...ters for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 12 May 2014. Kaneshiro, Neil K. "Screen Time and Children: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 July 2011. Web. 12 May 2014. "Managing Media: We Need a Plan." Managing Media: We Need a Plan. American Academy of Pediatrics, 28 Oct. 2013. Web. 14 May 2014. "No Screen Time Before Bed." IKeepSafe RSS. IKeepSafe, Web. 14 May 2014. Thomas-Aguilar, Blakely. "Screen Fiends | Infographic Reveals Shocking Truths on Technology Usage and Screen Time." PGi Blog., 8 Oct. 2013. Web. 14 May 2014. Vangasse, Steve. "Give Us Another Try - Screen Time Remote Control Has Improved." Message to the author. 10 May 2014. E-mail. Wirtanen, Josh. "How Valve Tricked Dota 2 Players into Better Behavior." GeekParty. GeekParty.com, 18 Apr. 2014. Web. 14 May 2014.
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