The detrimental effects that video games and the Internet have on our children sleeping

Sceptism should be employed whenever TV channels release scientific surveys in order to promote their new programmes. Professor Tanya Byron, a psychologist by profession, made an alarming announcement, claiming that there was a sleep deprivation crisis, which was harming children. This announcement was a cause for concern for most parents.

Professor Byron went ahead and blamed the crisis on parents who were not teaching their children about good sleeping behaviour. She says that people should not wonder why this is happening now, but instead ask themselves why the crisis was not addressed earlier.

Professor Byron, who is a well respected professional, headed a study for the UK government, and was tasked to look into the effects of internet, and video games on the sleep patterns of children.

The resultant report, entitled “Safer Children in a Digital World”, was released in 2008, and was aptly dubbed, “The Byron review”. The report was been a cause of alarm for most parents, since it said that 65% of children are significantly deprived of sleep, and this is the reason why they are hyperactive, leading to impaired physical and mental development.

Evidence produced by Byron shows that poor sleep patterns amongst teenagers, who sleep and eat at their own time, was the cause for self-harm, low concentration, poor academic performance and depression in this age group; and she claims that parents are to blame.

Children should be dissuaded from watching Digital Screen, which tend to turn on the brain, when it is actually supposed to be winding down. A child should be able to get into bed, pull the beddings over his or her head and go promptly to sleep. However, letting children watch TV at night is akin to giving a child a bottle of milk at 2am in the morning.

According to Andrea Grace, a child-sleep specialist, 60% of parents have a hard time getting their children to sleep at the recommended times, at one point or another during their growing years.