Stop Giving Handheld Devices to Children Under The Age of 12!
Have you ever thought that Handheld Devices are smart but very bad? Do you often let your child play with your tablet or cell phone? Are you restricting the time or you simply give the device to your kid? There are many reasons why we the access for children under the age of 12 should be restrictive. They simply shouldn’t use for long period of time these devices.
They can have developmental consequences.
Researchers and scientists indicate that technology is harmful for the children’s health. But many adults want to be calm so they continue supporting unrestricted use. These devices can have critical factors for behavior, development and process of learning for infant, toddler, and children.
Here are the Main Reasons why we should keep our kids away from handheld devices
Fast brain growth:
When a child is between 0-2 years, the brain triples in size and continues in a state of fast development to the age of 21 years. Early brain development is actually determined by environmental stimuli or lack thereof. The overexposure to technologies can be be associated with:
- attention deficit,
- impaired learning,
- cognitive delays,
- increased impulsivity and
- decreased ability to self-regulate.
Delay in development:
The technology makes restricts movement for children, and that can have a result in delayed development. In fact, statistics says that 1 in 3 children start school with development delay. Of course this has negative impact on literacy and academic achievement. Movement enhances learning abilities and attention. When technology is used under the age of 12 it is detrimental to a child’s learning and development.
Parents who allow their children to have devices in their rooms have 30 % increased risk of obesity. 1 in 4 children in Canada and 1 in 3 USA are obese. 30 % of children who are obese will develop diabetes. Additionally, obese people have a high risk of early heart attack and stroke, which shortens life expectancy. 21st century children may be the first generation to not outlive their parents.
Handheld Devices – Harmful for their Sleeping Process:
60 % of parents don’t pay attention to the usage of by their children. 75 % of children have permission to use technology in their bedrooms. Those 75 % of children aged 9-10 are sleep deprived to the extent that their grades are impacted.
If we overuse the technology, that implicate a causal factor in rising rates of child anxiety, depression, attention deficit, attachment disorder, autism, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and problematic child behavior. 1 in 6 children Canadian has diagnosed mental illnesses.
Violent media can influence and cause child aggression. Young children exposure to incidences of physical and sexual violence like “grand theft auto V” actually portrays torture, murder, rape, sex and mutilation, as do many TV shows. The media reports increased use of restraints and seclusion rooms with children who show uncontrolled aggression.
High-speed media content can easily contribute to decreased concentration, attention deficit and memory, due to the brain pruning neuronal tracks to the frontal cortex. Children, who can’t pay attention, can’t learn.
When parents want to detach from their children they simply add more technology. When their attachment is absent, children can easily attach to devices. Consequently, this can result in addiction. 1 in 11 children, 8-18 years old are addicted to technology.
Handheld Devices have Radiation emission:
Because of the radiation emission, the WHO classified cell phones as a category 2B risk. That means that they have possible carcinogen risk. Based on research, Dr. Anthony Miller in 2013 from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health recommended that radio frequency exposure should be reclassified as 2A (probably carcinogen), not 2B.
It is true that we raise and educate children in a technological and modern world. Their future is simply bleak because they overuse technology. We have all the potential to teach them practical life skills. Do not always go through the easier way. This is not a rule for educating our children.
After staring at screens for hours, it is very common for kids to suffer from eye strain. We know this also as computer vision syndrome. You can avoid these problems by limiting screen time to 30 minutes at a time.