As devices continue to impact our lives, it’s important to know the facts about preventing blue light exposure in kids. Technology can be a powerful tool, but it does come with some downsides and we need to stay educated. Especially when it involves our kids’ eye health!
Why Is Blue light Exposure Important for Kids?
First, we need to break down how natural light changes. Natural light’s color temperature changes throughout the day, which helps our circadian rhythm stay in check. Mornings are filled with blue light to help us wake up, and in the afternoon the light becomes warm to help prepare our bodies for sleep.
Artificial blue light, though, can interrupt this pattern and impact our sleep. This is particularly important for kids since their eyes are still developing and are more vulnerable to its effects. Researchers believe this is partially due to an increased sensitivity to melatonin-suppressing light.
TV Is on the TV, Not a Tablet or Smartphone
When kids use a tablet or smartphone, they’re more likely to experience blue light exposure. Why? The screens are much closer to their eyes, which can impact eye health as they continue to develop. Instead of giving them the tablet, encourage them to use the TV to watch their shows.
This also gives you the opportunity to see what they’re watching and monitor how much TV they’re watching.
Limit Electronics, Especially Before Bed
Blue light can disrupt melatonin production, which is a hormone essential to sleep. By using devices within an hour of bedtime, your kids’ sleep can be impacted. (You too, mom and dad!) Instead of your body continues to get ready to sleep, the blue light from devices tricks your body into thinking it needs to stay awake.
Instead of watching a show before bed, encourage your kids to read or draw. When it’s time to go to bed, keep the room dark, with a nightlight if needed. This can be a wonderful bonding time for your family! Enjoy reading a book together, listening to a book on tape, or continue dinner time conversations about their day.
Use Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Movie Nights
We believe in balancing health and fun, which is why we love blue light blocking glasses. With these, movie nights are still a possibility! They’re lightweight and block 98% of blue light, helping protect your family’s eyes while enjoying a movie together.
Minimizing blue light exposure for your family is an important step in focusing on your kids’ eye health. With a few lifestyle changes, you can help your kids sleep better and wake refreshed for a day filled with learning and adventures.
For added blue light protection, our See Smart Digital Eye Health Melts offer bilberry fruit and lutein, the nutrients shown to support eye health in growing bodies.