For Nicolas Poirel, Professor of Developmental Psychology and author of the book “Votre enfant devant les écrans, ne paniquez pas” (Your child and screen time, don’t panic), the trick is to give the brain breaks, whether you are a child or a parent. “You shouldn't be continuously connected” whether it's e-mails from the office or conversations between friends at school. Parents need to lead by example and be there to interact with their child. “The idea is to pay joint attention and watch television with your child to be able to talk about it with them,” encourages the author.
This is especially true during a child’s early years, when they discover the world with their senses. Manual activities should be encouraged over passive activities in front of a screen in order to stimulate brain development, promote sleep and avoid problems with obesity or eye diseases.
Standing up for this right to switch off, by taking time out, by mediating, by favouring direct communication, reading or a creative activity is essential to keep the brain in good working order. We owe it to our health!
* Barometer on hyper connectivity carried out by the BVA institute for the Fondation April.