- by Dr Varsha Saxena
- 18 Shares
- Oct 13 2017
E- GADGETS EFFECT ON CHILDREN
Children using e-gadgets like mobile, i-pad, laptop, internet at a younger age are continuously exposed to certain social and health risks that come with it.
In the study it was found that 65 per cent of the children started playing with electronic devices before they turned three and 95 per cent played video and simulation games on the devices. Half of them said they used them to play educational games such as spelling quizzes. Other uses include surfing the Internet and social networking (Amelia; 2013).
There is health threat such as poor sitting postures and children straining their eyes by sitting in front of electronic screens for too long.
There are also social and emotional threats like gaming addiction and cyber-bullying, which could lead to serious health problems. Children could pick up negative habits like being aggressive, or face problems in socialising with peers.
In a Journal “The Guardian” it warns that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be inimical to “internal mechanisms of self-regulation”.
Studies at Boston University School of Medicine found that use of interactive screen time under 30 months could also impair a child’s development of the skills needed for studies.
Using a smartphone or iPad to appease a toddler may obstruct their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers.
The researchers warned that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be pernicious to “their social-emotional development”.
Use of interactive screen time below three years of age could affect child’s development of the skills needed for studies but some studies suggested benefits to toddlers who are suffering from autism.
Playing with building blocks may help a children more with early maths skills than interactive e-gadgets.
The well-researched early-learning television programmes, such as Sesame Street, and electronic books and learn-to-read applications on mobile devices can help vocabulary and reading comprehension, but only once children are much closer to school age.
The advent of electronic tablets, such as Apple's iPad, has opened up the field of learning through technology, and the use of electronic applications (“apps”) on these devices continues to dramatically rise. Children with communication and social impairment, specifically those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), often use educational and recreational apps within the context of their home and school settings. These linguistic difficulties can have a devastating impact on children's capacity to communicate, but the development of numerous interventions enables communication without expressive language.
The media needs to be recognized as a major public health issue rather than as a series of commercial endeavours in need of regulation, as they are among the most profound impacts on children.
There is a need to decide, how to cover a disaster in a way that will communicate the necessary information and minimize the deleterious effects on the developing brains. Thus, we need to find ways to optimize the role of media in our society, taking advantage of their positive traits and minimizing their negative ones.
In India, there are very few studies on effect of media on child health and about interventions to improve role of media in child health. The Indian Academy of Paediatrics should take the lead in contriving and executing the guidelines to help parents and children to develop healthy media using habits.
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