Is your child beginning to hold technology gadgets such as mobile phones, gaming consoles and tablets? If yes, then you better think twice before buying them their own cellphone as there are numerous reports regarding the potential health hazards of these handheld gadgets to children under the age of 12.
Yes, these phones do have an effect to our children and most of these reported adverse health effects are considerably a serious matter.
While technology brings convenience and versatility on the way we live today especially with regards to communication, there is less information about its potential health hazards.
Dozens of studies concludes that these handheld devices do emits some amounts of radioactive elements in a non-harmful way. But is your child safe too?
Read on and learn different reasons why you should protect your child from these technology gadgets.
Top Reasons Why Your Child Should Not Use Gadgets
More and more government agencies have been giving precautions about the possibility of side effects of handheld devices. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics both state that infants (0-2 years) should not be exposed to handheld technology gadgets.
They added that children aged 3-5 years should be limited to just one hour per day of gadget use, while 6-18 years should be restricted to 2 hours per day.
Unfortunately, these limits are not met and according to some reports, children in North America alone spends 4 to 5 times higher than the said recommended time of use. This leads to life threatening adverse effects to children.
Below are the reported negative effects of handheld gadgets in children.
Rapid Brain Growth
Infants that are highly exposed to gadgets are more likely to experience rapid brain growth that is caused by environmental stimulation (using technology in this case).
Once stimulation is triggered to an infant’s developing brain, it will lead to attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate (tantrums). Also, the infant’s brain will likely triple in size.
There is no doubt that children that are heavily exposed in various gadgets have an increased risk of becoming an obese. The use of these handheld devices are similar to the effects of watching too much television or playing video games, where your eating habits are highly disturbed.
Playing or using gadgets especially for children can cause malnutrition problems, especially weight gain issues. As you know, being an obese follows a more serious health threats such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancers and many others.
Is your child shows mental illness or lapses that are not normal at his or her age? If this sounds your child, then your child could be suffering from mental shortcomings due to overuse of technology gadgets.
Technology overuse (gaming consoles, mobile phones, tablets, etc.) will always be a risk factor for child depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, attention deficit, autism, bipolar issues, psychosis and other problematic child behaviors.
As such, the probability of delayed development in your child’s health is too high. Handheld gadgets enables your child to restrict their mind and physical movement which delays their mental and physical development. If your child is having difficulty in school, then it is time to put an end to their gadget use.
If you think that your child is not sleeping well at night, then it could be due to your child’s rampant gadget abuse. Kaiser Foundation states that 60% of parents do not supervise their child’s technology usage, while 75% of children are allowed technology in their bedrooms. About 78% of children aged 9 and 10 years have sleep deprivation issues.
Aggressive Behavior and Addiction
Various online apps and games are not restricted to children and they can freely choose what game or movie to watch on their handheld devices. These activities have a big influence on your child’s behavior, developing a very aggressive attitude towards things.
Exposure to physical and sexual violence can be detrimental to any child’s overall health. These activities are not just influential, but also addicting.
If you want to keep your child innocence from these acts, then keep your gadgets to yourselves and away from your child.
Radiation risk is probably the first thing that popped up to your mind when you read the title of this article. Well, you are right. Too much exposure to technology gadgets can be a radiation risk for your child.
Several health organizations states that children are more sensitive to a variety of agents compared to adults. Radio frequency and mobile phone’s radiation are classified as “possible carcinogens”, which are harmful to health.
Will You Protect Your Child from Today’s Irresistable Gadgets?
With the mentioned risks above, you definitely have to do something to completely protect your child against handheld devices. Although the effects are not completely noticeable, there are possible long-term effects which are enough reason for you to take charge for your child’s health.
Give your child an alternative way to enjoy life by spending more time with them. You can dance, eat, walk, exercise, or plays sports together which are more beneficial for both of you. This way, you help improve their social capacity and overall health as well.
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