Is it almost impossible for you to feed your child without a mobile phone/Tablet/I-Pad? Do you feel that your little one gets cranky if he/she doesn’t get a Mobile Phone to watch Videos?
It is surely amazing to see a 2-year old using a cell phone or tablet swiftly. However, this is a true sign that shows the digital generation has arrived.
It is true that with the advent of technology, we’ve accessorized our lives with technology, laptops, and gadget and the same goes for the life of our children. Many times, parents give their children gadgets and devices so that they keep quiet or sit in a place for a period of time. However, revolutionizing and advantageous you may feel about these gadgets, they’re limiting your child’s creativity, detaching them from the real world and emotions. Most of all, early access to devices/ gadgets is ruining their simple joys of childhood.
Let’s discuss few pros and cons of letting your kids use devices at an early age:
Improves the Senses:
Some of the creative apps can stimulate your child’s sensing and imagination power. There are many apps which may even help them develop the listening ability, learning about sounds and speeches. For example, making your child listen to stories or poetries will promote their auditory senses.
2. Improves Coordination:
While trying to educate your child about computers and gadgets, you’re also helping them to improve their eye-hand coordination. For example, cute toddlers rubbing their fingers on the screen will help them learn in the future to catch a ball or hold a pencil.
3. Improves Analytical Skills:
Playing games is a way to boost up their confidence and inculcate values in them. In fact, it is believed that playing games help your child develop analytical skills from a young age. Your child would start using his/ her imagination, develop innovate thinking skills, strategic thinking and creativity.
Stating the obvious, every parent needs silence and some moments of peace. Especially if they’re working parents or new parents it’s a bit difficult to cope up with handling the baby and other work. At times when there is any kind of emergency, if the parent is really not well or if they’re driving a car in rush hours, they can give their little phone a phone or a tablet. There are hundreds of learning apps which you can download for them. This, of course, doesn’t mean you give it to them all the time and your rest time can turn in to an addiction for them.
Restricts the Creative Mind:
Easy access to gadgets from a young age can make them dependable. Your child would find it difficult to find a solution to problems, as the internet always spoon-feeds information. Their creativity would be restricted.
2. Causes Anxiety:
According to Mali Mann, an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, prolonged exposure and too much access to devices can lead to disorientation, anxiety and emotional numbness in the child. They can get addicted to technology.
3. Lowers the Concentration Levels:
Kids who are exposed to too many loud sounds, bold colors, flashy lights and endless actions right from the start of their children have difficulty in concentration levels. Since, they’re used to devices giving them quick results, slower modes of learning like the most usual and traditional one – a teacher and a blackboard. In fact, they would find difficult focusing on activities like drawing or reading.
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4. May affect the Sleeping Schedule:
If you or your child is using gadget before bedtime, it may disrupt their sleep. For a healthy mind and body, a child needs at least 12 hours of sleep daily. Light emission from gadgets can disrupt their sleep and make them awake instead.
5. Lack in Physical Activities:
No matter how simulative or fun a gadget may seem, it cannot match up to physical play. In order to build strong muscles and grow healthily, a child needs at least 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. Hooking up to gadget for hours limit physical movement leading a habit of a sedentary lifestyle. This can also cause an increased risk of obesity in the future. Indulge your child in plenty of physical activity like sliding down slides, playing with the ball, etc.
It is important for your kid to be exposed to outdoors. Kids earlier where only allowed to watch TV on Sundays. Their rest of the time was spent playing cricket outside, climbing trees and running around with friends. There’s so much a child can learn through this. He develops imagination, creativity, team building, team spirit and problem-solving. He also learns to adjust to the social environment.
With all these points, a parent should way down the profit and harm caused. Instead of keeping your child away from technology altogether, one can find a way to deal with it. You can limit the time your child uses any kind of technology, you can educate them about the healthy use of technology, encourage them to play outdoors, plan frequent family picnics and spend time with them.
All these little things will help you in the betterment of your child and also help them grow your relationship with them.
Be Happy, Be Peppy. 🙂
Article Credits: Hafsa Zamindar | Mumbai | India