Do you know that now a days kids can use a mobile phone or tablet before they talk? They can master this art completely by primary school age. Surprising? Indeed.
It looks amazing that a 2-year old knows how to use a cellphone or tablet. But is it really good that all those touch screen devices are so wide spread among the growing up generation?
GADGETS, OBESITY & ADHD
While all agree that technology brings convenience and versatility, there is little information about potential health effects of gadgets. Most parents realize that too much time spent with a touch screen can lead to eye disorders. But is that all?
In 2014, the Association of Teachers in Britain reported that a rising number of toddlers lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks though they can easily “swipe a screen”. The reason is an “addiction” to tablets and smartphones.
Children whose childhood is “stolen” by gadgets lack physical activity in all respects. In general, kids today prefer spending hours playing with their tablet or cellphone instead of heading outdoors to a park or getting active with friends.
.Gadgets addiction can affect a child’s sleep. Children too excited with gaming have problems with falling asleep. Gadgets overuse is always a risk factor for child depression, anxiety, autism, psychos and other problematic child behaviors.
LEARNING BY GADGETS IS ENTHRALLING
Surely, there are some benefits of early gadgets adoption. The major one lies in the educational opportunities for children. With a device connected to the Internet, kids have the fastest ever access to the information. Wikipedia, Google search, smart voice assistants are a good help to get trustworthy information for studies.
Studying with colorful and amusing mobile applications is far more engaging. Students have a wide choice of educational apps, videos, games, websites. Kids can take the learning home and learn while playing games.
TIME FOR A DIGITAL DETOX
Watch out for your kid. If he or she
• spends more than 2 hours a day with tech gadgets,
• protests against any restrictions of device use,
• can’t spend a day without a gadget, your child probably faces a gadget addition and needs help.
While it’s too early to talk about a special treatment programs in hospitals, some of their methods can be easily implemented at home:
• Start with a 72 hour digital detox. Eliminate any gadgets use by your kid. Refuse any access to gaming or TV as well.
• Try to distract your child with other activities that get him or her moving physically or challenge mentally.
• Then you reintroduce gadgets in a controlled manner – with restricted usage times.