10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Devote A Child A Smartphone Or Tablet


If you go to a mall, coffee shop, or even a playground nowadays, youll notice the youth of America gazing down, almost zombie-like, at the glowing screens of tablets and smartphones.

According to research conducted by the Kaiser Foundation, “childrens and” teens use four to five times the recommended amount to new technologies which sometimes leads to serious and often life-threatening repercussions such asgetting into a fatal vehicle accident while texting.

However, its not only driving-aged teens that are at risk.

Did you know that in tablet-owning households, seven out of 10 parents let their kids play with their tablets? And because of this, a team of researchers at University of Iowa have also discovered that by age two, 90 percentage of modern infants had a moderate ability to use a tablet.

“We have a lot of 2-year-olds use tablets now, and I see 3- and 4-year-olds that are already addicted, ” says Dr. Fran Walfish, a Los Angeles-based child and family psychotherapist. “It’s mind-blowing and a little scary.”

How severeis this problem, and what could be the long-term consequences? We break it down for you in this LittleThings exclusive!

What do you think of young children use so much technology? Let us know in the comments below!

Reason# 1: It can change the child/ parent relationship.


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Between the ages of 0 and 2 years, an infant’s braintriples in size. A parent’s voice, touch, and eventually play can help build pathways in their brain that assistance them in learning how to bond emotionally with other people.

But for children who expend too much time interacting with a screen, something different happens.

“Their neural pathways change and different ones are generated, says pediatric nurse Denise Daniels. It affects concentration, self-esteem, in many cases they dont have as profoundly personal relationships.”

Reason# 2: It becomes their first “addiction.”


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“One of the wonderful things with this technology is that there’s always something new you can do it’s almost infinite, ” says Dr. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience& Human Behavior. “For that very reason, it’s very difficult to give up and stop using them.”

Smart telephones and tablets let a kid to get whatever they want at the click of a button. It does not teach them moderation, impulse-control, or how to challenge themselves, which are traits of an addictive personality.

Reason# 3: It triggers tantrums.


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If someone has an addiction, they will throw a fit if you take exactly what we obsessed with away from them at any age.

However, giving a kid a smartphone or tablet to pacify them when they are having a tantrum isnt a great notion, either.

“If these devices become the predominant technique to pacify and distract young children, will they be able to develop their own internal the system of self-regulation? ” asks Dr. Jenny Radesky.

Reason# 4: It prevents them from sleeping.


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It’s no secret that curling up with yoursmartphone, tablet, or e-reader before you go to bed at night constructs it more difficult to fall asleep. The lighting that emits from a screen inhibits the sleep hormone melatonin, and switchings the bodys natural sleep-wake cycle.

It seems that use of these devices in the evening before bedtime actually has this negative impact on our sleep and on your circadian rhythms, said Anne-Marie Chang, a neuroscientist.

It is estimated that 60 percentage of parents do not supervise their child’s technology usage; 75 percent of children are permitted technology in their bedrooms. Because of this, 75 percent of children aged 9 and 10 years are sleep deprived to the extent that their grades go down, according to Boston College.

Reason# 5: It affects their ability to learn.


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According to researchers, a smartphone is harmful to a childs ability to learn because it distracts their attention.

“These devices also may replace the hands-on activities important for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor abilities, which are important for the learning and application of math and science, ” adds Jenny Radesky, MD, clinical teacher in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston University.

Video and online games also restriction kids budding ingenuity and imaginations and slow their motor and optical sensory development.

Reason# 6: It doesnt allow them to reflect on their actions.


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Its easy to say something bad about person behind their back but it’s certainly not so easy to say it to someone’s face.You can see their hurt facial expression and feel their ache, forcing you to reflect and feel remorse.

But if you say it online , all of that runs out the window. You cant see things like voice inflection, body language, facial expression, and even feel pheromones( released during face-to-face interaction ).

These are all fundamental to establishing human relationships. And theyre all missing with most forms of modern technology, ” says psychologist Jim Taylor. “Kids are expending so much time communicating through technology that theyre not developing basic communication abilities that humans have use since forever. Communication is not just about words.”

Reason# 7: It increases the likelihood of mental illness.


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Because its easier to be emotionally detached when online, more people are cyber-bulled. There are also tons of images and forums online that can make a developing infant or teen feel uneasy about their growing body.

According to experts, too much time on smartphones or tablets has been a factor in rising rates of child depression, nervousnes, attachment disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psychosis, and problematic infant behavior.

Reason# 8: It can lead to obesity.


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We are often stationary when we employ a device, so if small children is addicted to one, they are not moving while “theyre using” it. That means limited physical activity, which increases the likelihood of weight gain.

Children who are allowed a device in their bedrooms have 30 percent increased incidence of obesity, according to one survey.

When small children becomes obese, there are a lot other concerns that pop up as well. Thirty percent of children with obesity will develop diabetes, and obese individuals are at higher danger for early stroke and heart attack.

Some expertseven believe that 21 st century infants may be the first generation that will not outlive their parents due to obesity and high employ of tech devices.

Reason# 9: It constructs them aggressive.


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Because kids cant learn empathy when overusing devices, they are much more comfortable being mean online, and being cyber-bullied almost feels normal to a lot of kids.

There is also a huge variety of violent video games that might desensitize kids towards violence.

This mainstreaming of aggression inspires kids to think that violent behavior is simply a normal route to deal with and solve problems.

Reason #10: It promotes social anxiety.


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Learning social abilities is imperative to a childs overall success. If they are nervous interacting with other people, it may hamper their ability to be the best that they can be.

“Technology should construct communication easier when it’s appropriate, ” Dr. Kate Roberts, a Boston-based school psychologist says. “But when we have access( to more direct forms of communication ), we don’t use it. Part of it is just that it’s human nature to avoid. It’s easier.”

Although a child may be resistant, its good to challenge them. Have them put down the phone and interact with their family and other kids their age so that they can recognize facial expressions and body language, learn empathy, and feel more at ease around people when they are adults.

“Kids need that face-to-face time, ” Denise Daniels says. “If you abbreviate your feelings with technology, you’re living an abbreviated life.”

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