How Attached Is Your Toddler To Your Smart Phone Or Tablet?
Many of us are so used to our smart phones and tablets that we cannot imagine life without them. And if you have toddlers, how long do you allow them to use your gadgets?
Experts have warned that toddlers who spend several hours a day on smart gadgets can suffer “dangerous” long term effects.
Studies show children are becoming increasingly addicted. They throw tantrums when the gadgets are taken away. Sometimes, the addiction gets so bad that therapy is required for behavioral problems. Doctors in the U.K. have treated a four-year-old girl for compulsive behavior. She spends up to four hours a day on her iPad and would become increasingly “distressed and inconsolable” if it is taken away from her.
Children get very attached to smart phones and tablets because they can just touch and swipe without knowing how to read, write or type.
Doctors warn that what the children will be missing is the interaction with people and the environment. They will not learn things like feelings, body language, judgment, common sense and creativity when they are interacting with a device.
Dr Alanna Levine of the American Association of Pediatrics said, “(We) recommend that children under the age of two don’t have any screen time whatsoever”.
There are a lot of educational apps out there but “Just because you see a child apparently spelling by pushing a letter, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they actually know how to read and spell,” Levine said.
What is recommended is to limit the time children spend on the smart gadgets – not more than an hour a day, not let them have their own accounts so they can get any app they want to and to screen any app that you are letting them have.
AND be there when they are engaging with the smart phone or tablet to help them understand and make connections to the new things they are taking in. That is what learning is all about - understanding and making the connections!