We live in an era of digital technology and it is a blessing, but every coin has two sides. Technology makes our life easier, but it also makes us overly dependent on it. It alters the way we behave and our power of thinking. The perfect example of the aforementioned case is the excessive use of smartphones and that too with unlimited access to the internet. Nowadays, it has become a trend to engage our children with mobile phones.
Today, every parent is concerned about the impact of excessive usage of mobile phones on their kids. No doubt mobile phones are quite beneficial in many ways, but we cannot deny the fact that it leads to a massive drop in the concentration level. According to a recent study,72% of the children in the age group of 6 to19 years, in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia have easy access to smartphones. Most of these children use their phones around bed-time which affects their sleep pattern. Essentially, excessive use of smartphone before going to bed suppresses the hormone ‘melatonin’which normally helps one in falling asleep. The high energy radiated from shortwave length light generated by the phone screen prevents the body from getting to the required stage of sleepiness.
Several studies have proven that excessive use of mobile phones may cause non-malignant tumours, especially in the parts of the ears and brain. The radiation can have dangerous effects on the human body, especially on kids, directly affecting their nervous system. WHO has classified it as a ‘possible carcinogen’ which carries a potential risk of cancer.
Due to the addictive content available on mobile phones, children are likey to get glued to the phones throughout the day, leading to lack of social interaction. This may lead to introvertion and antisocial behaviour.
It does not require a keen eye to understand that kids these days are indulging in phones that they pay no attention to their studies. This may affect their academic performance in future.
The radiation released by mobile phones may damage the brains of the children. This disruptive activity can cause changes in mood patterns and behavioural tendencies. Children may struggle when learning new things or focusing properly.
With children glued to their mobile phones during their free time, they do not get involved in physical activities. This puts them at risk of getting obesity and other illnesses which can later take the shape of harmful diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Being strict with the kids is the need of the hour to prevent them from getting addicted to mobile phones.
Distraction from mobile phones is key. If a child is interested in any other activity such as drawing, singing, etc, then he should be encouraged in that direction. Within some time one will start noticing positive behavioural changes in their kids.
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