At this point it’s probably safe to say that most parents recognize that allowing kids too much screen time can be harmful. We know that we need to limit children’s access to television, computer games, and mobile devices.
Specifically, both the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourage any screen time for children under age 2, and they recommend a limit of one to two hours a day for older children. The American Academy of Pediatrics points out that some of the dangers of excessive screen time include "attention problems, school difficulties, and sleep and eating disorders," among other hazards.
The problem is that putting kids in front of a screen is sooooo effective. Let’s face it: kids love screens, and adults love when their kids are otherwise engaged and they can get adult-stuff done! The important question, then, is how do we entertain the kids all day during the summer when school is shut down?
Well, let The Little Gym help! Drop the kids off at our Anytime Summertime camp for a few hours! You’ll be amazed at how much you’re able to get done, and your kids will be amazed at how much fun they’re having! More importantly, our camp gets kids’ minds and bodies moving and away from screens.
Here are some of the ways our Anytime Summertime camp can help:
The best part? Our campers have fun!! Even while they're getting exercise, working on social skills, and building their imaginations, they're having a great time!
So what are you waiting for? Stop worrying about screen time, and give us a call to register your kids for our Anytime Summertime camp.
One more thing - if you’re looking for ways to limit your kids’ screen time when they’re at home, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has some helpful suggestions here, and the CDC has a fantastic tool kit here. Another eye-opening resource that we recommend is screentime.org.
Summer safety is a hot topic right now, but as you might imagine, it's always a major priority at The Little Gym. Sure, we’re all about fun, but we take fun seriously here.
So, here are some measures we take to ensure safety of your children during camp and summer classes:
Of course, our campers and students can't be with us all of the time, so here are some great resources you can use to keep your little ones safe when they're out of our hands:
The Little Gym hopes you have a safe and seriously fun summer! And don't forget - one way to beat the heat (and sun exposure!) is by enrolling in our camp or summer classes!
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