How Screen Addiction Affects Children

There are studies that explore reasons why children get addicted to cell phones. Screen addiction has been a problem for many years now. Addiction to smartphones, computers, video games and television have serious consequences. Children who are fascinated and regularly exposed to violence or pornography will develop deviant tendencies. There are children who will ignore eating, bathing and socializing with others in lieu of their screen addiction

Parents may think cell phones are harmless and the idea of getting addicted to them is silly.  Yet, there are adults that admit they have to use their phones daily and often throughout the day. It has gotten to where it disrupts relationships with their spouses and friends.  They are not able to do certain actions they are supposed to do.  Unfortunately, teens are facing the same reality  admitting they knew they were addicted to their cell phone.

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Televisions, smartphones, tablets, computers, and laptops can be found throughout the house, in the car, and at the store. These devices have been integrated into our daily lives for both professional and personal use. Screens have become compact, connected and interactive as an innovative revolution in how we connect with others.

It is estimated that children spend eight  or more hours each day in front of some sort of screen. Children use computers to chat or surf the web, televisions for watching movies, shows and to play video games, while smartphones and tablets provide portable entertainment of all forms anywhere the child goes. Parents are instinctively inclined to hand their child a smartphone to keep them occupied at times when they might be considered disruptive.

A child will almost immediately quiet down when given a tablet or smartphone. Parents see them as new forms of babysitters and children begin to look for screens to engage at any sign of boredom. The problem is not finding the right balance between screen time and face-to-face time.  Knowing how to use a computer or smartphone are becoming basic requirements for many jobs, but knowing how to put technology down at the right times is also very important .

Here are a few  tips to make sure your child has the right groundwork to have a healthy relationship with their family and peers.

First, set a good example.

Kids are more observant than they are often given credit for. Children pay attention to everything their parents do. By the age of 3, most kids these days have either played with a toy phone or have used their parent’s smartphone or tablet. If they see their Mom or Dad constantly on a phone, at a computer or watching television, then they will begin to accept that behavior as normal. Parents can set the example by only watching television at certain times of day, being respectful not to overuse a phone in public, and by not openly viewing vulgar or offensive content which would be inappropriate for younger eyes.

Monitor their activities.

Children don’t supervise themselves. If they want something bad enough, they will do their best to get away with whatever it is they want to do. It is up to the parents to notice when things are getting out of hand and provide solutions for obstacles that present themselves. By knowing what the children are doing with smartphones or tablets, it will be easy to recognize when improvements can be made with when the devices are being used and how they are being used.

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