Technology has been doing a whole lot to make our lives easier and more efficient. But as a parent, you should be worried about the impact that devices like smartphones can have on your child. At a time when it is becoming popular for children to have their own mobile device, you should be concerned about the negative effect a smartphone might have on your child’s growth.
Here are a few negative effects of smart devices on kids.
- It can change the child/parent relationship.
A child’s brain triples in size and tender age, a parent’s voice, touch, and at some point play can help build pathways in their brain that helps them in learning how to bond on an emotional level with other people. But for kids who spend an excessive amount of time playing with a screen, something else happens. Their neural pathways transform and completely different ones are created which has an effect on their concentration, self-esteem and the child’s ability to have strong personal relationships.
- It becomes their first addiction.
One of the amazing things with technology is that there’s at all times something new you can do — it’s practically infinite. For that very reason, it’s quite challenging to give up and stop using them. Smart phones and tablets make it possible for a kid to get whatever they want at the click of a button. It does not teach them moderation, how to challenge themselves or impulse-control which is attributes of an addictive personality.
- It stops them from sleeping.
Curling up with your smartphone or tablet before going to bed at night makes it harder to fall into deep sleep, the light that emits from a screen suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin, and shifts the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. It appears that use of these devices in the evening before bedtime also has this negative impact on our sleep and circadian rhythms.
- It affects their ability to learn.
A smartphone is bad for a child’s capability to learn because it distracts their attention. These devices additionally might replace the hands-on activities essential for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills, which are essential for the learning and application of math and science. Video and online games as well minimize kids’ budding ingenuity and creativity and slow their motor and optical sensory development.
- It increases the chances of mental illness.
Because it’s quicker to be emotionally detached when online, a lot of people are cyber-bulled. In addition there are great deals of images and forums online that can make a growing child or teen feel troubled about their growing body. Experts also say too much time on smartphones or tablets continues to be a factor in rising rates of child depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, psychosis and problematic child behavior.
- It can lead to obesity.
We typically don’t move alot when using a device, so if a child is addicted to one, they are not moving while they use it which means limited physical activity, which raises the chances of weight gain.