Almost all of us are believers that smartphones have made our lives safer: we can reach our children wherever they are at any minute of the day or night. But since this is not the only function of these devices, they’ve also become a really big part of our children’s life. Childwise, in a new report, found that kids spent around 6.5 hours a day in front of screens. A third of the respondents noted that they couldn’t live without their devices and now scientists are warning us about the consequences of this behavior.
In this article, Babysitti.com would like to highlight 9 problems children may experience due to increased smartphone usage. Warning: you may want to throw away your child’s phone immediately after reading this piece, but it’s better to have a talk and settle on some ground rules.
1. It can destroy parent-child relationships.
It’s no secret that the bond between parents and children is very important. But psychologists are now saying that smartphones can disrupt that relationship. For example, Jean Twenge notes that although children spend far more time under the same roof as their parents, they are not closer to their mothers and fathers than their predecessors were: they don’t talk to their family and they don’t pay attention to any events, except likes and comments.
2. It can lead to desensitization.
Smartphones open the gate to the whole world. There are a lot of useful tools and advice on the web that we can use in our everyday life, work, or relationships. But there is also a dark side of this resource which is full of violence, cyberbullying, and other unpleasant things. And, as this research suggests, exposure to them desensitizes children and prompts them to accept this kind of behavior as a normal way to solve problems.
3. It can alter the adulting process.
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