Modern technologies have long been an integral part of our lives. Every day in the subway or bus we see people – young and old – looking at the cell phone or some other modern widget.
Our children are born as if they were taught to work with the mobile device, and we admire them and call them “wizards”. Have you ever thought about whether we are doing the right thing by giving the phone or tablet into the hands of our 3-year-old son?
The children quickly get used to the phone. While in their hands, they are calm, but if you take them, – they burst into tears. And then parents wonder why it is impossible to find a common language with children and why they have no real-life relationships.
Communicative skills have been set in us since childhood. According to the pediatricians, the age of 0 to 3 years is very important for the development of vision, the formation of the speech apparatus and the enrichment of the children’s vocabulary. For children under the age of 3, it is especially important to talk as much as possible with their parents and peers, not with Mama’s smartphone.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that children aged 0-2 years should not be exposed to electronic devices at all. And aged 3 to 5 years should not use the widget for more than an hour a day, and from 6 to 18 years – two hours a day.
At the same time, statistics indicate that modern children spend on average several times more time in front of the screen, 6-7 (!) Hours per day. Most US children use mobile devices every day from the age of two, and from 7 to 8 years they already have permanent Internet access.
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Addiction to gadgets
The more parents check their mail, browse the news, browse social networks, the more they move away from their children. Lack of attention in adults is often offset by the same gadgets and digital technologies.
In some cases, the child himself becomes dependent on portable devices, the Internet and television. This dependence acquires the dimensions of the epidemic. Every eleventh child aged 8-18 years is a digital addict.
In 2011, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the radio broadcasting of cell phones and other wireless devices as a potential carcinogen, placing it in Group 2B (“possibly carcinogenic for humans”).
However, it should be borne in mind that children are more sensitive to various negative influences because their brains and immune systems continue to develop.
Impact on brain development
Baby’s brain triples from birth to two years old and continues to grow up to 21 years. Brain development at an early age is determined by environmental stimuli or absence.
Stimulating the brain with excessive exposure to electronic gadgets, as shown by research, has been cognitive delays, increased impulsivity, reduced self-regulation, and self-discipline.
Delays in development
Sitting behind a tablet or telephone means a lack of movement and can lead to a slowdown in physical and mental development. This problem has become evident in the United States, where every third child in school-age has a slowdown in development, which obviously affects its academic performance.
Physical activity, in turn, improves the attention and ability to learn and learn new things. Scientists argue that the use of electronic technologies damages children’s development and adversely affects their learning ability.
The passion for watching television and computer games are examples of non-food habits that are directly related to the overweight epidemic. Among children who are uncontrolled and constantly using portable electronic devices, obesity is 30% more common.
In addition, obese adolescents are at higher risk of early stroke and heart attack, which significantly reduces their life expectancy. Scientists are alarming, urging all parents to monitor children’s weight because the first generation of the 21st century has a great chance of dying before their parents.
Statistics in the United States suggest that 60% of parents do not control how often their children interact with electronics.
The blue light on the screens of phones, tablets, and laptops prevent normal sleep, which reduces rest time and lack of sleep. Scientists compare the lack of sleep with malnutrition: both exhaust the body and adversely affect success in school.
Hanging on the Internet often leads to the isolation and development of phobias. This list can be supplemented with bipolar disorder, psychosis, behavioral anomalies, autism and affection disorder (ie disorder of close emotional contact with parents).
For your information, one of six Canadian children has some mental illness that is often treated only with strong psychotropic drugs.
The brutality of television and computer games is reflected in real life. The child gets a ready pattern of behavior that can be realized in reality around him.
And many researchers come to the same conclusion: screen violence has a short-term and long-term effect – aggression may not occur immediately.
Scientific observations have shown that the impact of gadgets on children aged 1-3 years leads to attention concentration problems by the seventh year of life. Children who can not concentrate can only lose the chance to learn something and remember something.
Retreating from reality
Excessive use of electronic technologies by children not only affects their psyche and their ability to sympathize but also makes them more vulnerable in real life, which they generally do not know.
This means that the time spent in the virtual world often does not teach them anything useful, and the knowledge of electronic devices does not guarantee success in the future because technology is constantly improving and making it increasingly difficult for them to succeed.
What to do as parents? Whether to take all the electronic devices from the child and to disable television and Internet access? This will get worse. The child will be angry with his parents and they will become enemies in his eyes.
Gadgets are a necessary part of modern life. It is necessary to allow the child to learn to use the smartphone, but not too early. You should not push the phone into the hands of a one-year-old child just to divert his attention. For a year, a child can find such interesting things in the familiar world around us, so we do not need smartphones.
It is necessary to limit the time your child spends in front of the screen. Pediatricians recommend developing clear rules for the use of these devices for the whole family.
For example, to define spaces without gadgets – kitchen, living room or car. It is advisable to agree that there is no place for phones on the table.
It would be good to insist that the children have nothing to watch before bedtime. To achieve greater effect, you can show solidarity and impose limitations on yourself (perhaps it will also be useful for parents?).
The current time of technology and the Internet takes the child a lot of time for things that do not give him anything in the development: social networks, endless animations, and games.
Therefore, the next time you try to give your child a cell phone to “buy” some time for yourself, consider the above things. It is not too late for our children!