Smartphone Use By Children

According to a study, “Effects (Physical, Behavioural and Psycho-Social) of using Mobile Phones and other devices with internet accessibility by children” by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), 23.80 percent of children use smartphones while they are in bed, before going to sleep which increase with age.
The Study, based on a sample size of 5000 from rural and urban all the zones of the country, concluded that this has an adverse impact on children.
Use of smart phones at inappropriate times can have detrimental impact on the health and well-being of children, it underlined. One such impact, it said, is reduction in level of concentration among children.
As per the study, 37.15% of children, always or frequently, experience reduced levels of concentration due to smartphone use.
According to researchers, the use of interactive screen time on such devices could also impair a child’s development of the skills needed for math and science.
Radiation is another health concern. Cellphones work by using radio waves, which is a form of radiation. So whether you’re holding your device to your ear or sleeping with it near your head, your body may be absorbing this energy, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, research still hasn’t definitively linked this exposure to health problems in children and teenagers.
The frequent use increases children’s social isolation, robs children of time for social activities with others, and interferes with social development. In addition, frequent mobile use may increase children’s social isolation, resulting in depression and loneliness. Also, more time spent using media can displace time used for quality parent-child interaction, such as sharing enriching experiences and activities
Repeated exposure to violence and aggression through smart phone use including playing violent games or viewing violent media programs can lead to aggressive and violent behavior.
Exposure to violent media also tends to increase anxiety and fear, as well as the acceptance of violence as an appropriate means for solving conflicts.
The frequent mobile use increases children’s social isolation, and hinder opportunities for social interaction with family and friends, resulting in emotional and behavioral problems
NCPCR recommended a bigger portion of land in the communities needs to be identified as a playground for children that will encourage them to involve themselves in games and sports. The parents need to ensure that children play in the field more than they spend time using the smart phones.

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