Even though scientists and experts have been warning us against our overexposure to screens, it seems we are yet to take note of the enormity of the issue. Of special concern are children and their interaction with iPads and other gadget.
Parenting goes wrong
The extent to which more and more parents are using iPads and similar gadgets as quick fixes for kids’ tantrums is rising alarmingly. In a bid to pacify their child, whether in public spaces to avoid an unpleasant scene or in private to catch some extra winks of sleep, parents everywhere opt for an iPad or a smartphone as the quickest way to ensure peace.
If numbers are to be believed, 1 in every 3 children still under the age of three has an iPad of their own. Parents are putting their kids to bed with an iPad so as to enjoy some extra moments of peace. But, even though these gadgets might be able to divert your child’s attention easily, its’ effects on your child’s physical and mental health are quite dangerous.
Kids overexposed to gadgets
Not only are kids everywhere spending more and more times in front of screens (6 hours in a day at an average) but they are also exposing themselves to more than one screen at a time. TVs, iPads, and smartphones are everywhere the child looks. This overexposure negatively impacts their attention span as well as hyperactivity.
Additionally, they become less inclined to leave these screens and go out and play. This hampers not just their physical health but also inhibits the ability to communicate and skills of teamwork and problem-solving.
The sooner the kids start using these devices the harder it gets to keep them off it. It is advisable that parents avoid giving this to kids as much as possible and restrict the use to a bare minimum.