Worried about your child’s excessive smartphone usage? Afraid it might turn out to be an addiction? Here’s how to keep this gadget away from your child.
By Arun Sharma
On 4 July 2017, Indians woke up to this shocking headline in 'The Indian Express', “Nine-year-old cuts arm with knife in ‘youngest case’ of dependence”.
It brought us face-to-face with the fact that the dependency of young children on these gadgets has become so great that some can’t stay away from it even for a few minutes.
So, what can you do to prevent your child from becoming dependent on smartphones? How can you keep your smartphone away from your child? How to avoid your child getting addicted to mobile phones? Several parents are looking for the answers to these questions.
Vidya Sury, writer, editor, and award-winning blogger, says:
My all-time favourite tip is to ‘lead by example’, as it is often a case of, ‘Children see, Children do’.
When my son was growing up, we had house rules that all of us followed. We made it a point to spend time together–walking, playing and eating. For, each one of us was busy with work/school for most part of the day.
After dinner, we read a book together. Reading together is a wonderful activity, as its benefits are many. It helps build vocabulary, develop reading and writing skills, and so on. Being physically active through play is another effective way to minimise smartphone time for children. And, finally, explain to children in an age-appropriate way why sitting glued to a screen is bad for health.
I remember a recent picture someone sent me of a family get-together where all the ten members were busy with their phones. How ironic! A get-together where each person is busy with the phone!
The smartphone is truly a gadget of convenience. But, depending on how you use it, it can either run your life or ruin it.
As a parent, first of all, you need to know the detrimental effects of smartphones on children.
Here’s a list of adverse effects of smartphone use in children:
Here are some ways in which we can keep our children away from both smartphones and their harmful radiation.
Apart from using the above methods to keep your child away from a smartphone, you can also do the following to protect him from the harmful effects of mobile phone radiation.
Adopt the above measures, take no chances, and keep your child away from smartphones.
About the author:
Written by Arun Sharma on 14 July 2017.
Arun Sharma was associated with the healthcare industry before becoming a full-time writer and editor. A doting father to two preteens, he believes in experiential learning for his children. Also, he loves mountain trekking and nature trips.
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