Do you let your small children or other children have access to smartphones or tablets? Know that this can lead to a number of problems in their development. Two major institutes in North America-the Canadian Society of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics-were responsible for a number of very thorough studies on this.
The conclusion they came to is very interesting. According to experts, there are several problems caused by electronics in children up to 12 years. Are you curious to know what they are? So stay tuned in this article to know exactly in what ways the use of smartphones and tablets can be harmful.
1. Brain development problems
Babies’ brains grow very rapidly in the first years of life. By age two, a child has his or her body tripled in size. In this period, environmental stimuli-or lack thereof-are very important in determining how efficient brain development will be. Some studies show that overexposure to electronics in this period can be detrimental and cause attention deficit, cognitive delays, learning disorders, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to regulate own emotions according to timelesstablets.com.
You may have heard a statement similar to “Children of the 21st Century are part of the first generation of people who will not live more than their own parents.” One of the big reasons for this is obesity, which can be linked to the overuse of electronics. It is estimated that children with appliances in their own room are 30% more likely to be obese than others.
3. Problems related to sleep
The constant use of the devices can end up generating dependency in several different degrees. One of the problems related to this is the fact that many children stop sleeping to play, surf or talk on the devices. In addition to the psychological consequences caused by this, it is also necessary to remember that the lack of nocturnal sleep can generate problems of growth.
4. Emotional problems
There are studies from various parts of the world directly linking excessive use of technology to a range of emotional disturbances. Among the most cited by the researchers are: “Childhood depression, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis and problematic behavior.” Children tend to repeat behaviors of adults and characters they consider references. Therefore, exposure to games and films with excessive violence can cause aggression problems for children up to 12 years of age.
5. Dementia digital
Psychologists and pediatricians of the institutes mentioned above affirm: “Multimedia contents at high speed can contribute to increase the deficit of attention”. In addition, exposure to this also causes problems of concentration and memory. The reason for this would be the reduction of neuronal bands to the frontal cortex, which happens for the same reason just mentioned.
6. Radiation emission
The discussion on the relationship between cell phone use and the onset of brain cancer is still controversial-and hardly conclusive. But there is one thing scientists agree on: children are more sensitive to radioactive agents than adults. Because of this, Canadian researchers believe that cell phone radiation should be considered “probably carcinogenic” to children.
Regardless of how much US doctors blame cell phones and tablets for a range of childhood problems, it is important to always be aware of the uses of each device. Keeping electronics allied to children’s education can be a very interesting outlet, but always avoiding overeating and overexposing to aggressive content.