Technology and kids today are a sight we often see. A toddler holding a tablet, an infant with a smartphone, At one point, parents have great regard over gadgets as a way to pacify their children and as an entertaining and educational tool. But later on, it becomes an alarming problem.
Research from “commonsensemedia.org” revealed the exceptional increase in children using gadgets like smartphones and tablets has increased in just two years. From 38% in 2011, the biannual survey revealed that children below eight-year-old using mobile devices have gone up to 72% in 2013. Conducted on American parents themselves, the survey further showed the rise of toddlers’ gadget exposure from 10% to 38%. With this, the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the tech used for children under the age of two saying that it changes the nature of childhood.
Excessive use of gadgets can cause damages
Excessive use of gadgets, mobile phones, tablets, and computer desktops can cause physical and mental damage to children
According to a study, a toddler will likely to become overweight and develop seizure and vision problems once they spend an excessive amount of time using gadgets. In Central Visayas, one of the regions in the Philippines, a National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 7 study reported that 3% of children are considered obese and overweight.
A health article also states that the thinking and emotional development during the primary five years of a toddler is crucial. Allowing them to spend two hours or more each day can impact irreversible damage like slow cognitive development and attention deficit.
How to keeping children active ?
Keeping children active, are often some ways to stop children from too much tapping on their game app or watching their favorite channel on YouTube.A health article advises parents to discipline their children by limiting the time of their gadget use. It is also recommended that they spend more time with their offspring and allow them to understand the matter. One of the simplest ways is to involve them with an outside hobby. Keeping them active in sports or other physical activity will distract them and would even improve their physical wellness.
World Vision’s advocacy“As a parent and a toddler advocate, establishing a healthy lifestyle among kids are often vital of how they look out of themselves during adulthood,” says Divine Relano, Program Staff of World Vision. “Technology can be helpful to us but it should be used in moderation.”World Vision/March 9, 2018