While devices are a must for homeschooling right now, the increased overall screen time in the past few years has coincided with a rise in nearsightedness cases in children.
As children are not as self-aware as adults, here are a few tips to help them keep their eyes healthy:
1 - Schedule eye breaks
Use a timer to help them take charge and organise something fun to do during the break so they alternate close and distant focus.
2 - Check if they rub their eyes
It could be a sign that their eyes are dry and strained but also that they need an eye check once we are out of lockdown.
3 - Check the set up of their workstation
Is their screen adjusted to their height? Is their workstation adapted to their body size? Ensuring their workstation is ergonomic also means they avoid posture issues.
4 - Teach them the 20-20-20 rule as a game
Every 20 minutes, the timer goes off and they have to focus on an object for 20 seconds.
Make it fun by adding music and using toys they love.
5 - Plan some outdoors activities
At this time of the year, the light is soft and more relaxing on their eyes. It's a good way to relieve some visual fatigue after an online class - or a video game! Fresh air and movement will help them release some energy too.
Good luck to all parents juggling working from home and homeschooling right now.
Everyone is doing a great job, stay safe!