Gadgets- The Once Friend, Now Enemy To Your Children

November 02, 2016

To use or not to use Gadgets for children

Gadgets were boons at first. They helped keep you kid in one place while you finally got some work done, feeding time’s hassle was somewhat reduced and it saved you the embarrassment of running behind your kid in social gatherings. They seemed like the ultimate solution to all your child related problems at one point. But then it slowly morphed into something more sinister. Gadgets became the ultimate enemy that stood between you and your child.  What’s worse, you were the one who started it all in a way.

Gadgets by themselves are not a total bad influence. Children today are more apt with technology as demanded by the present day circumstances. It helps build your child’s skills through numerous games. But at the same time if not proceeded with caution, you will grow to detest technology.

One reason will be because it will bridge a gap between your child and you. This will be a result of  the child being too dependent on electronics which leads to almost no room for communication between parent and child or family bonding. And when parents finally take action and take away the gadgets, the children throw tantrums that will put the parents through hell. But these tantrums lead to far more than that and become behavioral issues as they grow up. Every impact they receive now, the effect will be resonated throughout their growth and development.

Here are some of the harmful effects of gadgets-

  1. Affects their Brain- Even before a child can say its first word or sentence, a considerable amount of learning has already taken place. Usually this ‘learning’ process is undertaken by interactions with parents and family. But when this happens through gadgets, it results in complications in psychological and physical issues. One rising concern of this effect is the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD), among rise in anxiety and chances of depression in children.
  2. Less Physical Activity- It has been observed that children who use gadgets more, have delayed development in one way or the other- physically as well as emotionally. Gadgets increase aggression in children leading to strained relationships to their parents and family. But at the same time, playing outside makes the child more poised and social. Thereby, improving its relationship with its family.
  3. Inability To Learn Languages- Language growth and learning happens when active communication takes place and that happens only through interactions with family. Not by any other means.
  4. They cause insomnia.- This effect can be seen in both adults and children. In children more so.

Here a few pointers on when it comes to handling gadgets and children-

  1. Children below 3 years must not be allowed to use any screens.
  2. Children aged 3 to 5 years old must not use electronic devices more than one hour a day.
  3. Children aged 5 to 10 years old must not use electronic gadgets more than two hours a day.
  4. And finally children from 10 to 18 years of age must not use gadgets for more than 2 hours and 3 minutes per day.

Summary- Gadgets are helpful and aid learning only up to a certain point. After which they tend to become the very things that hold back our children from truly learning anything new.

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