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Does your child often play with laptops, tablets or your smart phone? You might want to rethink that. Research is showing that exposing young children to these technologies actually harms them by keeping them from immersion into critical factors for development, behavior and learning. What else do we have to be concerned about?
Tablets impact brain growth.
Between birth and the age, the brain triples in size and continues to rapidly develop until the age of 21 years. This requires a wide array of stimulation that doesn’t involve exposure to the technologies mentioned above. In some cases, these technologies cause cognitive delays, impaired learning and increased impulsivity.
Delayed social development.
Toddlers who use things like iPads often have delayed social skills development like talking and academic achievement.
This one should be a no-brainer. 1 in 4 Canadian children and 1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese. These devices often make our kids live more sedentary lives. That equals weight gain. Sleep deprivation.
Also not surprising. It’s not uncommon for kids to stay up too late playing computer games.
High speed media content contributes to attention deficits and decreased concentration. This is caused by “brain pruning” of neuronal tracks in the frontal cortex.
Increased addiction risk.
These technologies often detach parents from children. It’s been shown that when parental attachment is absent, the chances of addiction grows, particularly to the technology they’re addicted to.
The WHO classified cell phones as a possible carcinogen due to the radiation they emit. In 2013, Dr. Anthony Miller from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health recommends that based on research, radio frequency exposure should be reclassified as probably carcinogen.
Spending too much time in front of screens can be a strain on the eyes of anyone, but kids especially. Kids can develop computer vision syndrome, which is a type of eye strain. If your kids do use these technologies, restrict them to 30 minutes at a time.