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Confusion- It Is Not Just For Adults!

smcternan February 21st, 2012, 2:47 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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As we become over saturated in our electronic devices and busy lifestyles, the cost becomes more apparent. Not just the monetary costs (that I am always telling my kids about), but the cognitive cost. When I say that many children are confused today, do I mean uninformed or truly clueless? Let’s begin with computer and internet access 24/7! Yes, if the computer is in your child’s bedroom, it is 24/7.

NEW RULE: lights out means all electronics off. There bed is for sleeping, and they need adequate sleep to grow and stay healthy and function at full capacity in school. Children who have longer hours on computers and in front of televisions generally do not do as well in school. Lack of adequate sleep leads to confusion, irritability and impaired memory. So when your parents say you need a good night sleep before a test they were not kidding. So get some sleep!

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