Have you ever asked yourself how different gadgets influence your kids’ health? In this post, we’ll tell you what happens to kids if they spend too much time with a phone or tablet in their hands.
Kids’ brains are more sensitive towards using electrical devices (tablets, computers, smartphones) than many parents think. Actually, your precious ones do not need much time spent with a gadget to be negatively influenced by it.
Of course, many parents believe that social networks, e-mail, and even games do not have the same bad influence on children as, let’s, say, watching horror movies with violence and nudity in them. However, the interactive usage of gadgets can be the reason of sleeping disorders, mood swings and other problems. Here are five most common consequences of the excessive gadgets’ usage.
- Sleeping problems
Bright light from a screen at night creates an illusions of a day. This blocks the production of melatonin – the hormone that regulates our diurnal rhythm. Only a couple of minutes with a smartphone at night can take away a couple of hours of your kids’ sleep. Is it really worth it?
Many kids have a strong addiction to using their electronic devices as the entertainments offered by gadgets stimulate the dopamine boost (the hormone of happiness). It has no difference for a brain what caused this boost, gadgets or drugs – it wants more.
If your kids spend too much time with their smartphones, they get addicted. Besides that, dopamine influences your kids’ ability to focus and their motivation.
The researches show that the bright screen light at night can be the reason of depression or even suicide. The experiments on animals proved that the screen light before or during sleep can become the reason of depression even if an animal doesn’t look at a screen.
It is worth saying that some parents barely limit their kids in using different gadgets not wanting to upset them. Actually, if you put phones and tablets away from your kids’ beds, you’ll protect them from many issues.
Numerous researches prove that the excessive usage of electronic devices causes stress. Stress causes changes on the hormonal levels and that leads to irritability. As a result, you get an irritated kid with mood swings. Add an awkward age to that and you can get a real monster in your house. You don’t want that, do you?
- Reduced physical activity
It is well-known that walking in the open air, spending time and playing outside prevents from being stressed, improves concentration and attention and reduces the level of aggression. The more your kids play with their devices, the less time they spend actually playing outside. That is definitely not good for young growing people.
Conclusion: To control or not to control
In our world, a total limitation of electronic devices may seem crazy. In fact, if kids have problems, leaving all the gadgets around and hoping that they will let them relax and get distracted, we make everything even worse. Keeping your kids away from all those things (at least for some time), you let their nervous systems rehabilitate itself and get back to normal. If you cannot put your children away from their tablets or smartphones, at least make them safer. There are different options for that today. Thus, we make the first step on the way of helping your kids to become calmer, more restrained and, hopefully, happier.