There’s a new phrase in the medical world: Digital dementia. Doctors say it has to do with attention and concentration and memory problems (Aufmerksamkeits-, Konzentrations- und Gedächtnisprobleme), especially among teenagers. There is a timing aspect to all this…

It’s not only the amount of time we use on digital devices (digitale Geräte) but the time of day as well. South Corea is coming out ahead of us…. One in five people spend more than seven hours a day on their cellphones – can you believe that?! … Researchers say that they are seeing more of this and they are dealing with short-term memory loss and other problems (Verlust des Kurzzeitgedächtnisses). It’s not only about limiting the time our children spend on digital devices but it’s the time of day as well.

Cellphones, tablets, the Internet, television work on our brains in a different way but are not working on all of our brain. If your child or teen is spending a majority of his or her time on a digital device, they will likely have limited time for social interaction and physical activity (begrenzte Zeit für soziale Kontakte und körperliche Betätigung) which are so crucial for brain development (entscheidend für die Entwicklung des Gehirns)…

Remember to give your child a good chunk of time to relax (ein schönes Stück Zeit zum Entspannen) the brain… to relax, especially right before you go to bed. That continues to activate the brain (aktiviert das Gehirn weiter) and with that activation the brain doesn’t get into its normal sleep rhythm. If kids don’t sleep well at night, they will not remember things well during the course of the day…

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