Wellness - General Health | 1-18 yrs

Why Should Kids Avoid Using Technology?

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Technology today has become an integral part of children’s lives. Increasing use of technology by children has changed the way they grow up. Nowadays, children are less likely to be found playing on the streets or in the park; they would rather spend time glued to smart phones, video games, television and so on. Gone are the days when, for children, evenings used to be a time for playing with friends, weekend meant an outing with family, or being able to play games used to be a reason to attend school.

According to the Huffington Post, children now rely more on technology to solve their problems than using creativity and imagination. The introduction of technology in almost every aspect of children’s lives has also limited their optimal sensory and motor development. Movement, touch, human connection, and exposure to nature are critical factors that ensure healthy development of a child. But with increasing dependence on technology, leading to a sedentary lifestyle, children now are more susceptible to delays in developmental milestones, behavioural problems like attention deficit disorder, childhood obesity, coordination disorder, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. The list goes on.

As a parent, you need to be aware of the adverse impact of excessive use of technology on your child’s life. Limiting the usage of technology at home and encouraging your child to indulge in activities that lead to physical and psychological stimulation would help her in learning and achieving better in school. Even the late Steve Jobs had mentioned how he limited the use of technology by his children. He made a point of having dinner at the big, long, table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things; no one ever pulled out an iPad or a computer.

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