These days, it is becoming usual for children as young as 2 years old to learn and spend a few hours of their playtime holding mobile phones or tablets. According to Daily Mail, 70% of toddlers are already master at device use by primary school age. While at first gadget use would show some benefits like they seem to learn fast or you might even be amazed how well kids operate it at a very young age and it is undeniably a source of learning and entertainment, the excessive use which is common may do more harm than good.
Negative Effects of Gadget Use
According to research, children who spend too much time on gadgets may undergo speech or language delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning problems, anxiety, childhood depression, and adverse impact on character development.
A child will also likely become overweight and develop seizure and vision difficulties when they spend too much time using gadgets.
While using gadgets might be inescapable these days, there are still many ways to restrict our children from too much screen time.
Set the rules for kids gadget use
As parents and guardians, we can narrow the time of their gadget use. Some mothers allow a maximum of two hours of screen time per day, you may set some guidelines like being allowed to use only for 30 minutes then get it back. Some parents impose a no-gadget-rule during examination periods which seemed effective during our test as children tend to be more focused knowing all they can do that day is to study. If we, as parents keep it this way and are consistent we’d be able to regulate their gadget use for the long-term.
Give them some outdoor activities
Having kids active in sports or other physical activities will prompt them to leave the couch and move. Teach them how to ride a bike or join them in a swimming lesson. These activities will not only distract them from those mobile games but will also make them fit and healthy.
Unleash their Creativity.
Sketching, building legos, solving puzzles, painting, learning to play musical instruments and a few more mind-boggling activities will enable children to use their imagination and make them busy at some other time of the day.
Spend more quality time with them.
We, parents, and guardians understand that we are caught up with a lot of things to do and to think of. You may be working at home and taking care of the kids at the same time. Yes, there may be a lot of chores and tasks that we should do but remember that our children should be our top priority.
Spend time with your kids by doing things that will strengthen your bonds, make everyday memorable that they will cherish and remember as they grow. Through this, we will further understand the ways our children think and develop. It will help us classify the things that would be necessary for them and the ones that are not.
“Technology is undoubtedly helpful to us. But for children, should be managed in moderation”