With remote learning, virtual class meetings, and the myriad of fun games, videos, and lessons that kids are taking part in each and every day while they’re home, it’s likely their screen time has gone way up. Given the circumstances, parents may be more flexible with screen time limits, but they also might want to consider the amount of blue light their kids are taking in.
Blue light is what’s emitted from televisions, tablets, phones and computers, essentially tricking our bodies into thinking that it’s daytime and subsequently boosting our energy and brain activity so that we feel awake or wired. Not so great for kids, and parents of those kids, when it’s time to wind down for bedtime. “A number of studies have shown that the blue light suppresses melatonin—a hormone that helps the body maintain healthy circadian rhythms. That can make it harder to fall asleep, and lack of sleep can have long-term health consequences,” Health reports.
But there is a simple solution. Blue light blocking glasses are available to help reduce the amount of harmful light emitted from those devices. Kids can wear the glasses while they are scrolling, browsing or gaming and still be able to get to bed without feeling wound up. If kids are on their devices after the sun goes down, a pair of these glasses can be especially helpful. We rounded up five great pairs of blue light blocking glasses for kids and teens below.