We have all been there, an important exam is coming up but you don’t really connect with the subject. Suddenly everything but studying seems a lot more interesting, and the smallest sound can break your focus. Getting the motivation to study and not getting distracted seems like an incredible challenge in this situation. Seeing your child go through the same struggles makes you look for ways to help them focus. If that is the case, read this article to find the answer.
Why Kids Get Distracted and How to Solve it
Humans have a limited capacity to process information; this causes distractions to be problematic. Task-irrelevant stimuli interrupt goal-directed behavior and prevent your child from fulfilling tasks successfully. There can be plenty of triggers that can cause your child to get distracted during studying.
Children have a lower attention span than adults; therefore, they are more prone to distraction. Hearing an unpredicted or unwanted noise can shatter their concentration bubble and make it harder to regain focus.
By using noise-canceling headphones or playing music you block out external noises to get your child in a state of focus. Based on your child’s preference the music can be instrumental, or plain white or brown noise.
As your child grows older, and they get in a higher grade, they will get more homework and more tests. When tasks and responsibilities start to increase, it can get overwhelming for them. With their mind wondering about the other tasks, it can be difficult to focus on the one in front of them.
It can be beneficial to make a study schedule. This will organize their tasks and reassure them that everything will get done in a certain time. In this schedule, it is also important to implement breaks to create a balanced routine.
One of the major sources of distraction is social media. With the rise of smartphones and accessibility to the internet, most users get permanently distracted. Predictably, your child wants to enjoy the continuous brain stimulation of social media instead of trying to focus on their studies. Previous studies on multitasking have consistently demonstrated negative effects on focus time and well-being.
Research has shown that there are two reasons for social media distractions:
The fear of missing out (FOMO) or affiliation motive can be reasons behind social distractions. Cambridge dictionary defines affiliative motivation as “a concern over establishing, maintaining, or restoring a positive affective relationship with another person or group of persons”.
Self-regulatory issues, like self-control or problematic social media use, can cause task-related distractions.
To prevent your child from getting distracted, there are multiple solutions possible:
- Establish no-tech zones: If you specify areas in your home as workspaces, your child will not get distracted by their phone.
- Plan social media time: This way they can still use social media at a specific time of day and will be less likely to get distracted during moments that they have to study.
A different approach to monitoring your child’s social media use is by downloading a parental controls app. With Safes’ parental controls app, it is possible to monitor your child’s online behavior, and personalize what you want to control. Safes features include, but are not limited to:
- Setting up a screen time schedule: As a parent, you can set up how long a child can use their electronic device. This feature protects children from sleep disorders, excessive and harmful screen time, and distractions.
- Being able to block applications: This feature denies the child access to specific applications based on parents’ choices like Instagram or Twitter.
- Website content filtering: Blocks out websites that include inappropriate content such as violence, hate speech, and pornography. Parents can also select specific content categories to block.
All in all, there are a lot of factors that can disrupt a child’s concentration. You can think about unwanted noises, constant distractions from social media, or the task overload that develops throughout the years. In this blog we covered some ways to stop your child from getting distracted:
- Using (noise-canceling) headphones
- Making a studying schedule and breaking tasks into pieces
- Establishing no-tech zones
- Planning social media time
- Using parental controls app
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