Hi << Test First Name >>
Postural stress, caused by excessive screen time in children, is a growing concern in today’s world where our children – as young as 6 months – are engaging in disproportionate amounts of time hunched over their devices.
The older they are, the more time they spend on devices, and it’s essential to understand the impact it’s having on their physical (+ emotional) well-being.
Here are some potential impacts:
Forward head posture: Spending extended periods looking down at screens can lead to forward head posture. This is characterized by the head jutting forward, placing extra strain on the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
Round shoulders: Frequent use of devices without proper ergonomics can cause the shoulders to hunch forward, leading to rounded shoulders and an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal issues.
Lack of physical activity: Increased screen time may lead to reduced physical activity and exercise, which can negatively impact overall posture and musculoskeletal health.
Musculoskeletal problems: Prolonged periods spent in poor postures can lead to muscle imbalances that increase tension around joints, resulting in chronic pain conditions such as tension headaches or backaches.
Spinal issues: Poor posture can cause spinal misalignments, which may lead to conditions like scoliosis or kyphosis if left unaddressed.
Breathing difficulties: Rounded shoulders and a forward head position can restrict the diaphragm’s movement, leading to shallow breathing and reduced oxygen intake.
Digestive problems: Slouching while using mobile devices can compress internal organs, potentially causing digestive issues such as acid reflux or constipation.
Developmental concerns: In younger children, excessive screen time might interfere with their natural motor skill development and postural control. It may also contribute to poor posture habits that can persist into adulthood.
Sleep disturbances: Excessive screen time, particularly close to bedtime, can disrupt sleep patterns. Poor sleep quality can affect a child’s posture, how they learn and their overall well-being.
So what can we do about it in our classrooms?
As you know, we’re super passionate about giving you the skills to easily weave movement + breath experiences into every class day, and to remind your students that sitting with a tall posture is SO IMPORTANT.
1. movement + breath re-oxygenate the brain + body
2. students stay focussed, better able to concentrate + learn, and feel happier + more engaged
3. we look + feel healthier, happier, stronger + prouder
(+ who doesn’t want to feel that!)
Beth and The Karma Class team