Parenting - Digital Parenting | 3-10 yrs

Handling Your Child's Gadget Addiction

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“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.”

― C.G. Jung

Had Carl Jung said this today, chances are he would have added technology to the list as well.

In today’s world, it is nearly impossible to keep children away from gadgets and technology. Children need electronic gadgets for various purposes like learning, playing and social interaction. But parents need to draw a line when it becomes apparent that their children are becoming addicted to gadgets.

One of the common reasons for children’s gadget addiction is their parents’ dependence on various gizmo and devices. According to freemake.com, “For little children, imitation is a major development milestone. Their parents’ behavior is the common object of kids’ imitation games. How should they stay away from gadgets if their parents are stuck to iPads, Kindles, smartphones?”

Children’s gadget addiction can also be caused by emotional problems. Such children can become hooked to gadgets and also remain online most of the time. An article on webroot.com says, “Children who lack rewarding or nurturing relationships or who suffer from poor social and coping skills are at greater risk to developing inappropriate or excessive online habits. Because they feel alone, alienated, and have problems making new friends, they turn to invisible strangers in online chat rooms looking for the attention and companionship missing in their real lives.”

Gadget addiction in children can adversely impact their mental and physical well-being in several ways. As a parent, it always wise to curb such habits at the earliest.

To know more about how to handle gadget addiction in children, flip through the pages of this ClipBook.

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