Binaural Beats for Children?
The research on binaural beats with children is limited, but there have been no demonstrated risks to utilizing binaural beat audio programs. Through simply listening to a low frequency rhythmic stimulus, many people have reported a reduction in sympathetic arousal and an increase in relaxation.
There are many studies on binaural beats and brainwave entrainment, but some have been skeptical about the benefits, and working with children tends to be a particularly sensitive subject. Therefore, we suggest that you find a free binaural beat audio program, download the MP3, and test these for yourself before sharing with children. However, you must also be cautious that you are not listening to these binaural audio programs and simply experiencing a placebo effect. Through conducting simple experiments with a home Electroencephalograph, you could determine whether the binaural beats that you downloaded are effective at stimulating new and unique brainwave patterns. However, you should blind yourself through randomizing the MP3s in your media player, and swapping them with soundscapes that do not contain binaurals. This may ensure that you are not experiencing relaxation simply as a result of expectation (placebo) or as a result of an otherwise relaxing soundscape (confounding variable).
Once you have experimented with binaural beats on your own, as a parent, you may find that sharing these with your children could be a relaxing and beneficial supplement to your other parenting practices. Therefore, through accessing a free binaural beat program, downloading and experimenting with the audio tracks on your own, you may determine that binaural beats serve as a beneficial component of your parenting strategy - Or not!
There are several reasons why you may want to research the impact of binaural beats on children.
Parents may be interested in binaural beats for children, because the psychological state of parents and their peers (i.e. social environment) strongly influences the state of a child's brain. These social stimuli are highly variable and could range from others behaving in a positive, negative, or neutral manner throughout the day. These variable social stimuli could result in a cascade of neurological changes that shape their neural pathways. Through providing a regular, repeatable, steady-state stimulus that is designed to calm, relax, and re-train the central nervous system, binaural beats could modulate children's psychological and physiological states repeatably. Therefore, parents may be interested in providing binaural beats to their children on a daily basis in order to promote relaxation.
Furthermore, children's brains develop rapidly throughout childhood and adolescence, and this could amplify the beneficial impact of binaural beats for children whose brains are constantly learning new information (i.e. how to access states of relaxation and self-awareness). However, this could also represent a potential risk, because the impact of binaural beats could potentially cause children to become dependent upon the stimulus in order to access these states. Therefore, providing binaural beats to children may be best when integrated with formal self-regulation training through neurofeedback, heart-rate-variability, and other training methods.
This subject requires further study.
The decision is yours, but we highly recommend personal research, review, and experimentation in order to determine whether these programs are suitable for your interests.