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Smartphones Affect Kids' Curiousity And Develop Anxiety, Study Says

Date November 12, 2018 11:15

If you have kids, or friends with kids, then you probably know, they all want that forbidden fruit! A smartphone! It some families, this “toy” isn’t that forbidden.

As tablets and phone have become inseparable with adults, it is getting common for small children to use them too. But is that a really smart decision?

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The researchers claim, staring at the screen for even an hour a day can cause anxiety and depression in young children and teens.

The smaller the child, the more vulnerable he is. As he is still developing mentally, his brain is susceptible to damage from technology.

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Thus, spending much time playing on a tablet or phone can affect emotional development and promote nervousness and lack of self-control. It lowers the level of curiosity and attention. The researchers have also linked the amount of screen time with physical health issues, such as obesity, vision problems, and nerve damage.

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Considering this research, parents should be extra careful about time spending of their toddlers and teens. Before giving your child a smartphone, consider this main tip to prevent the addiction and mental health damage.

Set up rules and restriction.

Explain to your kids when and where they can use a device and when it is not appropriate. Decide the optimal time that a child can spend at the screen. Monitor the appropriate content he is receiving. Encourage mutual time-spending outside of the online reality.

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There is nothing better than a good old ball activity, or table games in the family circle! Mental health is something parents have to guard from a very early age.

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