Are you letting your child to play with your cellphone of your tablets and computers at home? There are a lot of reasons why children under the age of 10 should not use these kinds of electronic devices.
Technology has been developed and improved our lives for a lot of year now, but have you been informed about what these handheld devices are doing to your children? Children should have restricted access to these gadgets, which includes cellphones, tablets and the like in order to prevent developmental problems.
Research points out that technology is really harmful for children, however, numerous adults continue to support unrestricted use. These devices have elevated infant, toddler and child access and immersion into a viral world devoid of critical factors for the development of their learning and behavior.
Here are the reasons why you need to keep your children away from these devices:
- Rapid brain growth
When a child is between ages 0 to 2 years old, their brain triples in size and continues in a state of fast development up to 21 years of age. Early brain development has been determined by environmental stimuli or lack thereof. Stimulation for developing brain may happen due to overexposure to technologies, which has shown to be connected with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, elevated impulsivity and reduced ability to self-regulate.
- Delayed development
The technology that we have as of today controls the movement of children, which may lead to delayed development. 1 in 3 children who enters school with developmental delayed, negatively impacting both of their literacy and academic achievements. Movement improves attention and learning abilities of a child. When technology is used under the age of 10, it is dangerous to the learning and development of a child.
- Epidemic obesity
Children who are allowed to have and use devices in their rooms have 30% elevated risk of obesity. 1 out of 4 Canadian children and 1 out of 3 United States children are obese. 30% of children who are obese will have a high chance of developing diabetes and obese people have a high risk of early stroke and even heart attack, which makes their life expectancy shorter than the usual. 21st century children may be the first generation to not outlive their parents.
- Sleep deprivation
There are 60% of parents who don’t actually watch their child’s technology usage and there are 75% of children who are allowed to use gadgets in their bedrooms. Those 75% of children of aged 9 to 10 are sleep deprived to the extent that their grades are being affected.
- Mental illness
When technology is being overused, it is connected as one of the causal factor in elevating rates of children depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, attention deficit, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis and even problematic child behavior. 1 out of 6 Canadian children have been diagnosed with mental illnesses.
Violent media can actually lead to child aggression. Young children are being exposed to incidences of physical and sexual violence like “grand theft auto V” which portrays sex, murder, rape, torture and mutilation. The United States has been categorized media violence as a Public Health Risk because of its casual impact on child aggression. The media even supports elevated use of restrains and seclusion rooms with children who exhibit uncontrolled aggression.
- Digital dementia
High-speed media content can actually contribute to attention deficit, as well as reduced concentration and memory because of the brain pruning neural tracks to the frontal cortex. Children, who don’t have the ability to pay attention and focus, can’t actually learn.
When parents add more technology in their homes, they are coming lose their children from them. When parental attachment is not around, detach children can attach themselves to devices, which may lead to addiction. 1 out of 11 children from ages 8 to 18 are addicted to technology.
- Radiation emission
As of May of 2011, the World Health Organization has classified cellphones as a category 2B risk (possible carcinogen) due to the emission of radiation. In 2013, Dr. Anthony Miller from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health advised based on research that radio frequency exposure should be classified as 2A (probably carcinogen) and not 2B.
The way that children are being raids and educated in technological world is no longer sustainable. What is the potential in teaching practical life skills rather than becoming a viral sinkhole of aforementioned hazards? The future is becoming depressing for children who overuse technology.