In the present age of digital technology, where the Internet, Smartphones, and social media are a major distraction, having a longer attention span is a serious problem. In fact, this is a matter of serious concern for human society. Individuals with greater digital lifestyles find it difficult to focus on conditions where extended attention is needed.
If a child is having trouble focusing or completing basic activities with any distraction, it indicates an attention-deficit. Children are bombarded with distractions. They are asked to focus on subjects and tasks that may not interest them.
Every human being is capable of reaching a breaking point where we lose our capability to focus due to various factors. Children also go through the same emotions. A child may not be able to cope up with the demands of a stimulus-oriented environment.
The use of electronics has significantly contributed to various difficulties, including insomnia, mood fluctuations, and nervousness. At the same time, there is a dissimilarity between a child affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a child struggling to focus due to technological reasons.
Children affected by ADHD require mental stimulation. They can definitely focus on specific things such as video games and television. At the same time, children who spend substantial time with electronics have conditioned their brains to receive heightened stimulation. They might have difficulty focusing on classroom instructions.
Some basic changes to a child’s environment would be helpful:
Monitor Electronic Usage
Monitor the time spent by your child with electronics items such as a smartphone, the computer or watching TV. Ensure you limit the time spent by the child with electronic gadgets. Spend quality time with the child. Encourage the child to get involved in extracurricular activities.
Teach the child relaxation and deep breathing techniques to improve focus and mind control. When they are doing homework, try to play some soft music in the background at a low volume. This would enable their brains to learn to focus.
Create a Stimulus-Free Zone
Sound sleep is an effective method for improving attention and focus. Prevent the child from participating in any task that could cause sleep deprivation and fatigue.
Teach them to be patient
The present generation wants immediate results and when they don’t achieve it, they lose focus and become impatient. Encouraging the child to be patient would help your child remain focused on long-term goals.