10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age Of 12
Does anyone know of a kid today who can make it through his homework without constantly checking his smart-phone, who has not signed up on Facebook, who doesn’t own a PSP. Well, there is a paltry possibility that you may come across a kiddo who is not like this. Many American kids today have fallen prey to what is called the “iDisorder”- overuse and abuse of technology such as mobile devices, smart phones, tablets and any handheld devices. Well, there is no denying how technology, internet and these handheld fancy gadgets have taken the world by a storm. While there is an innumerable list of advantages of these handheld devices, the number of downsides of these gadgets is also plenty. Overtime, these handheld gadgets have been increasingly influencing the kids, especially the ones under the age bracket of 12, to a major extent. The same technology which we believed would make our lives simpler has turned our lives into a nightmare.
We are providing you top 10 reasons why handheld devices should be banned for children under the age of 12:
Kids today spend a substantial time of their day watching television. It is no secret that time spent in front of television and video games are directly proportional to obesity. Research has shown children with television sets in their rooms were more likely to be obese. Kids who do not step out to play and spend their time in front of digital games end up snacking more on unhealthy food. Obesity is a carrier of lot of health related issues like diabetes, hypertension, blood pressure cardiac risk and the like. Obesity that sets in very early on is difficult to treat.
Kids are so hooked on to these handheld gadgets that more often than not, these devices take over their sleep. When the kids are not supervised or left unattended by their parents, they are busy surfing on their tabs or addicted to their play stations, downloading umpteen number of games and applications from the play store, exchanging texts on phones. These activities just eat into their sleep time bringing down their productive levels during the day hours. This could mean catching up on their sleep just when the sun is out, thus turning their biological clock topsy-turvy.
Increasing exposure to violent and disturbing content on the web leads to children turning out be more aggressive. The explicit gory and sexual content shown on television only enhances the aggression. Such aggression may be reflected in their day-to day activities and the way they respond to situations.
It is like a narcotic. They can never get enough of it. It is always like let me play one more game before I hit the sack. It can be very difficult to wean them off the screen time if not controlled from early on. This screen time for American kids is on an average around 5-7 hours a day. Prolonged watching of television is often viewed on the same lines as gambling. Such activities result in the release of ‘Dopamine’ – a chemical that makes you feel good for doing something you enjoy. This signals the brain to engage in such activities that give you pleasure and hence the addiction.
Research has demonstrated the evidence of harmful emissions from these gadgets, especially cell-phone devices. Children under the age of 12 are most susceptible to these radiations as their brains are still developing at this period.
Long usage of handheld devices has considerable effects on their attention span. Decreased attention span directly affects the learning capacity of the kid.
Rapid brain growth:
The brain is continuously growing, the maximum growth between the age of 0 to 2 years, and continues to grow rapidly till the age of 21. At a time when the brain is subject to rapid growth, if it is exposed to overuse of technology, the brain can be affected by various problems such in cognitive functioning, attention deficit, and impaired learning.
Time and again research has shown how children are prone to psychological and neurological problems such as anxiety issues, depression, autism, bipolar disorder.
Physical health and emotional well-being:
There is not a minute where the kids part themselves from these ever-engaging gadgets. This sedentary behavior is taking a toll on their physical fitness and emotional well-being too. Children have shown signs of elevated frustration when they were assigned to do something while they were busy texting friends, playing video games or watching movies.
Misuse of time:
Kids are hitting the refresh buttons on their Facebook pages, tweeting and re-tweeting, playing games on handheld devices at any given point of the day. If only all this time could be used to do something more fruitful…
There is some well-documented literature with respect to adverse effects of screen experience and handheld devices. In light of this, it is of paramount importance to keep the kids in check and effectively manage their screen time to increase productivity levels and provide them with a health environment to grow. So, it is time this handheld addiction is taken care before it gets out of hand!!!