If you were glued to your screens for the 2018 major league baseball season, you saw umpires prove they're:
1. Only human
2. Out of their league (or should be)
3. Maybe blind
Researchers from Boston University did a deep data dive and discovered that umps made 34,294 incorrect ball and strike calls, for an average of 14 per game or 1.6 per inning.
Dumb mistakes like that are upsetting, but dumbing down your kids is even worse.
Yet it turns out that's just what a lot of parents are inadvertently doing by exposing their children to too much screen time too soon.
A study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics looked at brain scans and cognitive tests of 47 kids ages 3 to 5. The researchers found that those who had the most screen time had lower structural integrity of white matter in brain areas that support expressive language and processing speed, imagery, and mental control and self-regulation.
The researchers conclude that there should be no screen time for kids 18 months and younger (except for video chats).
Kids 18-24 months shouldn't watch screens alone. No parking your kid with your smartphone while you do something else
From ages 2 to 5, go for one hour a day of quality screen time that you participate in. Designate some screen-free times, including all mealtimes, one hour before bed when you read a printed book to your child, and while driving.
Instead, direct their attention to what's going on in the world around them.