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Why Tablets & Smartphones Are A Bigger Threat To Our Children Than We May Realize

Published on December 22, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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We all know how skilled children are with electronic devices. We see toddlers, who haven’t yet mastered the art of walking, that seem to have been born with an innate understanding of how to properly launch apps and play games on mommy’s cell phone or daddy’s tablet, or even their very own ‘kid friendly’ device.

It’s likely you’ve seen a young child acting out at a restaurant or throwing a tantrum. Their mom or dad quickly rummages through their things to pull out a tablet and hand it to them. A tablet or smartphone just may be the most technologically advanced pacifier we’ve ever seen — and it is almost guaranteed to work.

But at what cost does this come for our children? Are there potential risks that we are not yet aware of? Is using a screen to keep your child busy and entertained actually damaging them or delaying their social development?

Psychologist Sue Palmer Offers Some Insight

10 years ago, Sue Palmer wrote a book called Toxic Childhood, which warned of the dangers too much screen time posed for children’s physical and mental health. It seems her vision was true. According to Palmer in an article written for the Daily Mail:

“My fears have been realised. Though I was one of the first to foresee how insidiously technology would penetrate youngsters’ lives, even I’ve been stunned at how quickly even the tiniest have become slaves to screens – and how utterly older ones are defined by their virtual personas.”

On average, children today spend between five to six hours a day staring at screens, whether on their smartphones, tablets, computers, or televisions. Many do double duty, watching television while surfing the web on their phone or computer.

Children have embraced technology just as quickly as it has evolved, and parents are finding it difficult just to keep up, never mind control it. Because this kind of portable (and addictive) technology is still relatively new, today’s children are much like guinea pigs in an unwitting experiment — the longterm effects of which have yet to be discovered.

Palmer, along with other experts in childhood development, has seen a rise in prescriptions for Ritalin, the drug most commonly prescribed for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. A four-fold increase in less than a decade, in fact. This is certainly something to take note of.

We can likely even see these attention defecit issues in ourselves as well. Not so long ago, we would read lengthy articles with ease or sit down and watch a five minute video thinking it was a fun way to pass a brief period of time. Nowadays, we still want the information, but we want to receive it as quickly and efficiently as possible. We often only read titles or headings for articles and assume we know the full story, and unless a movie is really captivating, we may even find it difficult to sit through the whole two hours without grabbing for our smartphone a few times just to mindlessly scroll through our newsfeed.

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