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Reason Why You Need To Limit Your Children’s Exposure To iPhone and iPad


The American Institute of Pediatric Medicine and the Canadian Medical Association warn that children aged 0 to 2 should not be exposed to electronic devices of any kind. As for children from 3-5 years of age is limited to 1 hour/day, and from 6-18 years old, the contact time should only be at 2 hours a day.

In fact, young people today are spending too much time interacting with electronic devices, which can be four to five times more than the intensity allowed, and this often has serious consequences - the report says. Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012.

Handheld devices such as mobile phones, video games, and ipad are seriously increasing the habit and impact of using technology, especially with Teenager.

1. Stimulate brain development

From 0 to 2 years of age, a child's brain grows 3 times in size and continues to grow rapidly until age 21. The early development of a child's brain is regulated by environmental stimuli. The early stimulation for brain development comes from the lack of control of technological devices (mobile phones, internet, iPad, TV), and is believed to be linked to disorders of attention, cognition, learning, increased impulsiveness and impaired ability to self-regulate.

2. Delayed development

Because technological devices require limited movements, it can slow down the development of children. About 1 in 3 school-aged children currently has developmental disabilities in literacy and other learning abilities. Only when there is movement will increase the child's attention and learning ability. Therefore, children under 12 years of age using technology devices with too much intensity will not be beneficial for body development and learning ability.

3. Obesity

Due to lack of exercise, children who play games or watch too much TV can lead to obesity. Also according to the survey, if children are allowed to play at least one electronic device in their bedroom, the risk of obesity is increased by 30%. On average, 1 in 4 children in Cananda and 1 in 3 in the US are obese. Of these, 30% of obese children are at risk for diabetes and suffer from cardiovascular risk and early stroke.

4. Insomnia

60% of parents do not monitor their children's use of electronics, and 75% of children are allowed to play electronics in their bedrooms (Kaiser Foundation 2010). Meanwhile, 75% of children aged 9-10 years old suffer from insomnia which leads to a greatly affected learning (Boston College Report 2012).

5. Mental illnesses
Excessive technology may increase the number of children with depression, anxiety, attachment disorders, reduced attention, mental illness, bipolar disorder, and other neurological problems. (data from reports: Bristol University 2010, Mentzoni 2011, Shin 2011, Liberatore 2011, and Robinson 2008). About 1 in 6 Canadian children is diagnosed with a psychological problem, and many of them require medication that causes dangerous effects (Waddell 2007 report).

6. Aggression

Violent content in the media can cause children to be more aggressive. Not only that, they also face a lot of content about sexual violence and physical violence that are widely shown on TV.

7. Digital dementia
High-intensity media content can reduce focus and memory because the brain has to reduce neurons outside the brain's cortex. If children cannot concentrate, of course, they will not be able to study well.

8. Digital addiction
If parents also use digital devices too often, they are more likely to neglect their children. And at that time, children who lack the close attention of parents will become more attached to electronic devices and then gradually lead to addiction. 1 in 11 of these 8 to 18 year olds is addicted to electronics.

9. Radiation
In May 2011, the World Health Organization placed mobile phones (and other wireless devices) on the 2B list of things that could emit radiation that affects health. James McNamee of the Canadian Medical Association warns: "Children are more susceptible to colds than adults because their brains and immune systems are still developing. That's why we cannot say The risk for adults and children is the same ".

10. Unsustainable

The way to educate and raise children with electronic devices seems unsustainable. Children are the future, but that future will be very uncertain for those who abuse and use too many electronic devices, leading to addiction (digital addiction) and a range of other potential risks.

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