Spend time outdoors, and not just because The Ray Keepers told you so!
Look how the sun shines for you.
The sun and the outdoors, the breeze through your hair and the dirt on your shoes. Going outdoors always screams of summer fun and youth. For your child, going out of the house for a fun day at the park or the playground spells the beginning of a new adventure. But what happens when they realise they can find adventure indoors too? What happens when adventure can be found in the form of a video game just a tap of a finger away?
In the second book of The Plano Adventures series, the dragons that typically fly outdoors are now cooped up in a little cave staring at their Bottle-Bottle screens. The horror! The pull of their little screens were so strong that they forgot all about the fun in the sun. Doesn’t this sound like a familiar scene?
Don’t shy away from the sun.
For most of our children living in today’s digital age, the allure of their palm-sized video games can be enticing. While our digital devices are a great escape from the stresses of life, too much time spent on them can be harmful to our health, especially for our eyes. Prolonged periods of time spent on our devices can lead to Digital Eye Strain (DES). At worst, extended periods of near-work activity like using your phone, can potentially lead to myopia.
Your child’s digital devices are necessary in this day and age, however, it’s important to monitor their device use too. Bringing them outdoors is just another important way to protect their eye health. In fact, spending at least 2 hours outdoors every day can protect your child’s eyes, and even prevent myopia from progressing.
Remember, “bottle-bottle screens are great for work and play, but every dragon needs a good balance.” The same thing applies to every child too. So put on a comfortable pair of running shoes on your child’s feet, grab a cap and a water bottle, and get outdoors to soak up some of that vitamin D.
If you would like to purchase The Ray Keepers, or any of the other 4 books in the series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository.