Study: Handheld Devices Are Linked To Speech Delay In Young Children
Just 15 years ago, our kids played out in the open all day, engaged in sports, riding a bicycle and building sand castles. Naturally, starting from the earliest age, children have a desire for creativity, which they express through drawing, playing and story-making. So, when thinking of games, kids do not need fancy mobile phones, handheld devices, or any other technology. Their creativity is the only thing they need!
Today, the fun technology, such as TV, Internet, video games, cell phones and so on, progress very fast, making it difficult for us to notice their significant impact on our way of living and functioning. This is increasingly noticeable in today’s younger generation, who almost don’t know how it looks like without technology.
The Kaiser Foundation’s 2010 research has shown that average age children spend 7.5 hours a day in front of fun technology, while 75% of children have some king of fun technology device in their rooms. But, do you know that the children’s development of the sensory, motor and other systems is not biologically evolved to adapt to the chaotic nature of today’s technology??
Ask yourself this question: How does technology influence the development of my child? Here we show you 10 serious threats to your kid’s development posed by mobile phones, handheld devices and other fun technology devices.
Handheld Devices Have Negative Impact On Your Child’s Development
1. Hamper The Natural Brain Development
Between birth and the second year of life, the baby’s brain triples in size, while its development continues until he/she turns 21. The brain development at the earliest age depends on the stimuli it gets from the environment. Exposing your child’s brain to modern technology in this delicate age can cause negative changes, which can cause concentration disorders, difficulty learning, increased impulsiveness, and reduced self-control capability.
2. Delay The Mental Growth
Physical movement promotes learning ability and concentration, but the use of fun technology limits movement. Every third child today goes to school with delayed mental development, which has a negative impact on speech development, literacy and educational achievements.
3. Increase Weight Gain
Television and video games increase the risk of obesity. Kids who have some kind of a technology device in their sleeping room have a 30% higher chance of being overweight. Every fourth child in Canada and every third child in the United States is overweight.
4. Cause Sleep Loss
About 60% of today’s young parents do not monitor their children’s use of fun technology, and as many as 75% of kids have handheld devices or other fun technology devices in their sleeping rooms. Research has shown that the same percentage of children suffer from chronic sleep disorders, which decreases their ability to learn.
5. Trigger Mental Disorders
Excessive use of technology is associated with an increasing rate of mental disorders in children, such as anxiety, depression, concentration loss, attachment disorder, autism, psychosis, bipolar disorder and problematic behavior. Every sixth child in Canada has a diagnosed mental disorder.
6. Cause Aggressive Behavior
Media violence can trigger aggressive behavior in children. Today, more than ever, small children are exposed to physical, psychological and sexual violence in the modern media. Numerous games and TV series show explicit sex scenes, rape, torture, murder and humiliation. Thus, an increasing number of children are unable to control their aggressive tendencies.
7. Lead To Digital Dementia
Today’s media content, besides causing attention disturbances, can also lead to memory loss and reduced concentration, as the brain cleans the pathways leading to the frontal cortex. Kids who cannot keep an eye on something and pay attention, have difficulties learning.
8. Cause Addiction
As parents increasingly attach to technology, they detach from their kids. According to the 2010 research, when children are not closely tied to their parents, they can tie to their handheld devices and other technology devices, which can cause addiction. Every 11th child, between the age of 8 and 18, is dependent on technology.
9. Radiation Is Not Harmless
The World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked mobile phones and other modern technology devices as a category 2B risk, making them possible carcinogens. In an official statement, the organization warned that children are much more vulnerable to radiation than adults, because their brain and immune system are still in development.
10. This Future Is Not Sustainable
We should not raise and educate our children with technology. Our children are the future of the world, but there’s no future for those who are technology addicts. This is no longer sustainable. Therefore, we need to join our forces and urgently act on reducing the use of technology in children.