11 Important Reasons Why Children Under The Age of 12 Should Not Use Handheld Devices

The technology has become a huge part of our daily lives with the expansion of computers, mobile devices, and the internet. Children today, even cannot imagine their life without smartphones, iPads, and other handheld devices.

As using benefits of the devices is tremendous, the constant their use by children can have a detrimental impact on their development, growth, and well-being.

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We warn you about 11 reasons why a child under 12 should not use a tablet cell phone.

  1. May Increase Aggression

Your children are viewing unlimited types of media, as they have access to the internet via their phone or tablet, so it is really difficult to control. Because of the exposure to violent media, video and online games, children are strongly associated with aggressive thoughts, behaviors, and actions, as well as antisocial tendencies.

  1. Potential for Addiction

The neural pathway linked to drug addiction and behavioral disorders, such as gambling, are also associated with certain types of media. The possibility of your children to unlimited access to the social media, video games, and internet, via a smartphone or tablet increases their child’s risk of developing these problems themselves.

  1. Learning Difficulties

Providing children with a smartphone or tablet causes them to be more easily distracted and develop an inability to pay attention in class. As the attention decreases it also reduces imagination, visual memory, and the ability to work effectively and efficiently or focus on a task.

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  1. Social Interactions and Anxiety

Increased reliance on technology is destroying the enhancement of face-to-face social skills. Speaking with others allows children to learn how to express themselves through body language, touch, tone, voice, and facial expression, and at the same time how to understand those indications from other people.

Because of that, kids are also not learning how to deal with their problems, they have difficult conversations, often tending to send a text message or email instead of talking to that person directly.

  1. Exposure to Radiation

A skull’s bone marrow of the child absorbs ten, while head two times greater capacity to absorb radiation, than an adult’s. For now, is known that the cell phone radiation increases the risk of developing brain tumors and cancer. There are numerous studies that have treated wireless radiation and its effects on brain development in children recently, and many results are still not completely defined.

  1. Increase Risk of Obesity

According to the several studies recently conducted, there is a strong correlation between technology use and increased BMI in children and adolescents. The main reason for this phenomenon is because of the huge number of hours that kids spend working on technology and their sedentary lifestyle. It is also known that the kids who spend the majority of their time using electronic devices tend to snack more, so they are consuming more calories.

  1. Poor Sleep

Instead of required 8.5-10 hours of sleeping each night, most of the children are getting less than 7.5 hours. Actually, using cell phones and screens in the few hours leading up to bedtime, directly interferes the sleep quantity and quality.

  1. Mental Health

The daily exposure of the kids to media with the suggestive messages telling them how to think, look, feel or act makes a number of implications for their mental health. Here are some of these constant connections with the kids’ mental health:

–           Cyber bullying

–           Sexual pressure

–           Facebook Depression

–           Targeted advertising

  1. Decreases Health

The studies show that the children who are exposed to technology like cell phones and tablets are more prone to have physical ailments, as well as emotional and mental difficulties. They more often get sick, have depression, physical pains, social and learning disabilities.

  1. Poor Posture

Spending numerous of hours on their devices causes deterioration of their posture. They are at high risk to face certain musculoskeletal disorders. However, more studies need to be done on the long-term effects of “cell phone posture” in kids.

  1. Eye Strain

Using the screens of various devices causes digital eye strain in both adults and children, and puts them at particular risk for damaging their vision. Additionally, it causes some other symptoms, such as headaches, sore eyes or blurred vision.

How to Prevent Your Kids from These Addictions

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–           Encourage your kids to spend that time playing outside with you or their friends

–           Set rules for the ages when you will allow your child to have a cell phone,

–           If your child does have a cell phone, you have to control over their cell phone plan and limit its use,

–           Make rules about when and where technology can be used in your house

–           No technology for at least 30 minutes before bedtime

–           Set time limits on TV and internet time,

Sources: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.govsites.psu.eduwww.tandfonline.comwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

 

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