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The amount of time children spend in front of screens is a regular topic of study and discussion, as there are both pros and cons to their use.

One point of discussion that is rarely contended, however, is that extensive use of electronics can be very detrimental. Not only from a physical standpoint (strain on eyes, posture while using electronic devices, etc.), but also from a mental standpoint (anxiety, stress, mental fog and fatigue, etc.), getting out from behind a screen can help not only children, but everyone feel better.

With the holidays in full swing, I came across an article with gift suggestions for children that revolve around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and require little or no screen time. These gifts include a solar race car, a small AI robot, an engineering Lego kit and more.

STEM gifts for children not only will help limit time spent in front of a screen, but encourage interest/potential careers in STEM related industries. They can also be a family activity while putting the gift together and actually using it.

These gifts and careers share an emphasis on innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving, and they are growing rapidly with the increase in demand for products and services relating to STEM.

Overall, eliminating all use of electronics by children is not realistic, but indirectly finding ways to encourage hands-on activity can prove to be great for both parents and children alike, from encouraging STEM skills and careers to strengthening familial bonds.


Samson Kakos

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Samson Kakos

Samson Kakos joined SCN as a Recruiting Specialist in 2019 and in 2022 was promoted to Client Manager. Samson’s primary focus is consulting with and developing great relationships with clients and recruiting and placing great candidates within t...

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