Kids these days may not be hunched over a tv but they are definitely spending time in front of a laptop and or a phone or tablet.
That means the screen has changed from tv and screen time has morphed but the habits ruling kids haven’t.
In most cases these kids borrow the phones or tablets from their parents. Also worth noting is that phone ownership among teens has skyrocketed. If less than half owned a phone in 2004, the numbers in 2018 are 75%
Teens and pre teenagers access social media sites on their phones.
What we are trying to answer here is this: if the technology exposure is harming school going kids in a real way.
Some schools are going full on spartan eliminating tech from the school environs so as not to hinder development.
So how bad is tech access?
Here are the biggest things we found:
The most unsurprising conclusion of allowing too much phone time is that it affects attention spans negatively.
Technology is changing the way children’s brains function. Because children’s brains are still developing compared to adults.
When accosted with tech they’re also going to adapt learning methods to match those like scanning and processing different sets of information at one go.
Previous generations spend time focusing on things and being exposed to really thinking. That’s absent with needless visual stimulation, change and little impetus for imagination.
When Gululu launched its water bottle, it made sure that parents and kids learnt about the product through interactive games and social media to combat low attention spans and improve sales for its product.
Studies have shown time and again that violence in video games have a direct correlation to violence that kids experience in front of others. The violence they see is going to affect how they behave with others and they’re more likely to argue with people and teachers and students. Limiting video games and especially preventing games that show so much violence is the first step you need to take to prevent this.
Time spent before a screen is going to decrease the time kids are spending by playing or being engaged in outdoor activities.
This means playtime and social interaction are going on a discount. Kids are spending less time eating or sleeping when playing video games or watching youtube videos.
The performance is school goes for a toss with increased screen time. If you keep watching videos or smsing you’re not going to become a good writer.
Children today clearly lack the attention span required to take a task to completion.
We are also teaching children to constantly switch up between different tasks, limiting their time and energy devoted to a single task. By jumping between tasks this generation of kids have a different wiring to their brain. They are more inclined to instant gratification.
Academically brilliant students are increasingly losing focus courtesy of low attention spans.
The other big loss children experience with technology ruling their lives is that they often tend to forgo social interactions.
Children are constantly feeling itchy and bored and need to be stimulated to function. The nature of the real world is that its boring. That may require boring interactions with parents or other friends
Technology is a diversion to all the pressing problems they’re facing at hand. And without interpersonal skills they’re going to face more such problems.
This has the direct impact of resulting in stunted emotional development for kids.
Observation and mimicking is the primary way we learn about the world around us. We observe conversations. We watch how other people deal with the world around them.
Screen time obsession kills all that.
This seeps into emotional development and stunts that growth to a great degree.
With reliance on tech means people are feeling less and less engaged emotionally.
Screen problems also harm a kid’s health. Between screen time most of the time is spent inside the house on a couch. Meaning they’re snacking more and not burning those calories off.
These habits result in weight gain.
Parents can use the screen guide app to restrict screen time. It’s important to give kids a meaningful balance between their on screen activities and off screen as well. The important thing is to tell them that terhes time for everything online.
When kids browse without restrictions it can expose them to malware and viruses or worse porn.
Adults know about these dangers and avoid them. But the same cannot be said about kids. Online, it’s easy to get side tracked and lost.
Children often go online and are free to search for everything. Without monitoring there’s no saying who they are going to meet online.
A study shows that kids are being kept awake by pones even when they are not using them.. The blue light from screens deeply impacts our sleep cycles and prevents us from sleeping well.
There’s evidence that strong mobile use often results in poor sleep quality.
Children are sleeping way less than they should. Even adults are sleeping less. But for children less sleep means lower brain development. That’s harmful.
Technology has both good and bad built inside.
The best way to use technology is by examining the good that comes out of it. If you want more ideas put up an online feedback form for parents online and ask them to come up with suggestions.
Whenever people use phones parental guidance is advised so that they are not sidetracked and never lose focus.
Technology is a relatively new entrant to our worlds. Never before in the world has a generation been so obsessed with staring into a screen and that means a rise in opportunities and rise in harms as well.
How do you know which side to play on? This guide helps you find out.
Limiting screen time and making them build and play with real things is one solution.