Child Technology Usage
“Here’s How Kids Can Safely Interact With Technology”
Dr Brad Ivanchuk is a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and is founder and owner of Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line in the Beacon Hill Plaza.
He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1981 and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1986.
He is also a canfitpro certified Personal Training Specialist and a Certified Posture Expert with the American Posture Institute. He is currently studying
to become certified in postural neurology.
Life Chiropractic Centre is a family chiropractic and certified postural correction health care facility.
Today we are going to learn how your children can interact safely with technology.
Over the past few weeks we have learned about the ill-effects that walking and texting at the same time can have on your health. And how technology is
actually impairing childhood development.
Remember too that interacting with technology is one of the major causes of spinal misalignments (subluxations) which in turn cause postural collapse
and postural distortion patterns which also weaken your immune system.
And we also learned a while back that diabetes and obesity, both of which are now epidemic problems in the US and Canada, have been causally linked to technology overuse.
Technology will never go away. So as a parent, what is it you can do to make sure your kids interact with technology in a way that does not affect their health
or their life-span?
As a chiropractor and a posture expert, here are my best recommendations for your children …
- Babies up to 18 months old should spend zero hours with technology. Keep it ‘old school’ as much as you can.
- Toddlers (18 months to 4 years of age) no more than 2 hours per day.
- Children and adolescents no more than 4 hours per day.
And this must include cell phone time (texting), TV time, and leisure and homework time both on their computer or Ipad.
This is why I asked you 2 weeks ago to do a 7 day survey to find out on average how many hours per day your kids are spending with technology.
Keep in mind these are guidelines and I realize that everyone’s personal circumstances will differ.
Parents, you must also teach your children how to sit with proper posture especially when interacting with technology.
And they need to remember to take their posture breaks every 20 minutes.
Children also need to learn how to do their reverse posture exercises which I can help you with because these will be unique to the individual.
And of course, the most important thing is regular chiropractic check-ups to make sure their spinal alignment stays upright and in extension.
This is just as important for adults as well.
If you have any further questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please call me. Remember that initial consultations
are always free of charge.
This also includes a free posture check which we offer as a community service.
Family appointments are also available.
Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me by clicking directly on the link found on our home page.
Good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.
Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.