If you are concerned about your family’s screen time, you have good reason to be. Last year, Singaporeans clocked more than 12 hours of screen time every day, with us spending an average of 8.07 hours on the Internet, 2.47 hours on TV viewing and 2.17 hours on social media daily.
Excessive screen time is detrimental to our health in many ways. For starters, it strains the eyes and may lead to or worsen myopia (short-sightedness). A global study by Plano found that high levels of mobile device screen time in children were associated with almost a 30% higher risk of myopia, and when excessive computer screen time was added, this increased to almost 80%. Additionally, screen time may also cause sleep disruptions due to blue light emission, and may increase the risk of obesity because of the sedentary nature of mobile device usage.
With the upcoming school holidays, it might be tempting to sit down with your kids and enjoy some screen time by watching TV or playing video games together. But for the sake of eye health and overall wellbeing, we are recommending these fun DIY activities you can do at home with your kids, which don’t involve screens.