With the current era being the one of technology, a gadget has become a mandatory part of everyone’s life including children’s. They hardly wait to return home from school and get hold of mobile phones and IPads until you literally divert their attention and snatch it away. It is fascinating to see how a toddler operates the screen like a pro and those starting school already master it by then.
Traditional toys that were designed for kids no longer hold the attraction they once used to because all forms of games, puzzles and other creativity enhancing tools have merged into a single screen. While children these days enjoy interactive learning and learn way earlier than joining schools, excessive use of technology has adverse effects on them too.
When I studied the kids using screens on a regular basis, I observed the damages it is doing to them.
1. Lack of Focus
You have to call on their names thrice before they finally respond while in front of a screen. It causes attention problems and restlessness. They find it harder to focus on a thing and get easily diverted.
Getting angry, enraged and hyperactive behaviour are all signs of aggression that occurs due to non-availability of gadgets. Avoiding social gatherings and interaction with people occurs and parents find themselves helpless to tackle the situation.
3. Communication Gap
Since kids find their solace in screens and befriend them instead of their parents, a bridge forms that hinders the communication essential for development. Their learning ability gets disrupted and thus cognitive delays happen.
4. Mental Illnesses
Ever pondered upon the causes of depression and anxiety in young children? it is the excessive use of phones, iPads, tablets, and laptops. Many mental issues arise and at times become so severe that you can’t do much but seek professional help.
So let’s set a fixed time for gadget use and encourage our children to stay physically fit and mentally relaxed because an excess of everything is bad at the end. We can also ensure that they use screens for their studies and learning that will enhance their skills and prove constructive.