Do you know the side effects of the screen on your child’s mental health? Do you ever find your child and his favorite screen inseparable?
Have you ever calculated the exact hours your child spends in scrolling and staring at the screen in a day?
Today’s generation is unaware of the world without T.V, smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. This is a generation that is grown up with a screen at their hands. They are inhabitants of the technology. Our kids spend most of their time with screens which is harmful to their mental health. But we are busy in our jobs that we don’t have time to think of the side effects of excessive screen time for our kids’ mental health.
Although gadgets are a big source of learning, we cannot deny their negative effects especially when we talk about children. You will be agreed with me if I say that if the screen is a better source of learning than it is also a big source of distraction in learning.
It is a common observation that today parents are too much busy in their jobs that they don’t have enough time to look at the habits of their children. According to a 2015 survey report, 49% of American parents agreed that the screen performs a key role in making their children busy while they work.
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Here are some side effects of excessive screen time on your child’s mental health.
- Lack of imagination.
Once Albert Einstein says,
”If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
There were days when mothers and grandmothers used to tell stories to their kids. It was a necessary part of the kids’ night routine. These stories have a very important role in the development of the ability to imagine.
There are several reasons why imagination is important for mental development. Imagination is a vital part of brain growth exercises. As it allows the brain to visualize different things, to portrait unseen pictures characters, etc. Through these practices kids’ brains get stronger.
Now we can understand that excessive screen time minimizes the practice of imagination. The screen gives a ready-made food served on a plate to the brain which makes it less active.
- Sleeping disorders.
Have you ever checked that if your child is enjoying sound sleep?
Most of the kids who are addicted to the screen tend to sleep less. And if they sleep they can’t be able to have a sound sleep. There can be 2 reasons for this problem.
- The entertainment provided by the screen is limitless. At night your child may not be able to switch off his screen. This is just because of the enjoyment provided by the screen is like a stream that has a flow. Whether he is playing a game or watching cartoons, movies, etc. and there is no end to these. Ultimately this is effecting the kid’s sleep. Because he is not ready to go to bed and to sleep.
- The second reason is the blue light on the screen. This blue light is similar to the daylight. The human brain works like a machine. It gets signals from the body. When a child spends his hours in staring at the screen, his eyes observe the blue light and are constantly sending the message that ”it is day”. Which leads to insomnia.
- Slow down the mental growth.
Researches show that the major part of the mind developments occurs in the period from birth to age 5.
And if in this period of age your kid is busy staring at the screen rather than doing creative activities which are necessary for mental growth than no one can revert the time.
When the kid is staring on the screen, the functionality of the brain becomes slow down. This is just because the only function the brain has to do is to perceive and to understand. There is no creative activity which is essential for kids’ mental health and growth.
- Lack of Decision-making power.
Most of the time children avoid going outside to play. They rather enjoy being at home and to play on screen. This takes away their interaction with society. Because of the excessive use of screen children are losing the moral and spiritual values such as sportsmanship.
Sportsmanship is necessary for character building and decision-making power. Making a good decision is necessary for your child’s mental and physical health. It enables the child to think about what is good and what is bad to do. It protects him from bad peer influence.
Here are some tips to look after your child’s mental health.
Do have some time for your child.
Keep him engage in some creative activity.
Develop a habit of play with him for the betterment of his mental health.
Do not restrict him from doing new things.
Let him helped in finding a good habit and to practice it.
Child mental health is a big issue to be addressed. Because we are living in an era of technology. Gadgets are inseparable from children’s life. They are growing with screens at their fingerprints. We should not try to separate the screen from them it will make them rebellions. Rather we should try to minimize the screen time. In order to do so we can give them a better replacement.