Phone addiction has become a serious issue nowadays. Wherever you turn your head on the street, you can see so many teenagers and even kids with their eyesight blocked into their tablets or smartphones.
Well, it starts to seem that this incorrect use of smartphones is not going to bring us any smart future generations. People need to be aware of this situation as it is not something to be ignored. First, parents need to understand that granting their children unlimited access to their phones will lead to severe consequences into the future.
A generation who doesn’t even pay attention to the surrounding environment is, unfortunately, going to be made of only isolated individuals, rather than socially intelligent persons. But, how do you know when your kid crosses the line and becomes addicted?
Common Sense Media did a recent survey which shows that 50 percent of teenagers are already addicted to their smartphones and tablets, and around 80 percent check their phones every hour. Am I among them? Try and ask yourself the same question.
When kids are checking their phones, they are provided with an enormous amount of information, most of which is inappropriate because kids do no use their phones to learn or to inform themselves about important things, that may raise their interest in a right way. They mostly use them to fill their heads with tons of useless information.
Worse than this is that they forget to interact. We, humans, are created to socialize and interact with each other and with the surroundings. How do you expect to make friends, be interested in sports or see the beauty of the skies when you are always facing the ground? All of these off-screen activities encourage children and teenagers to live healthier lives.
According to a study, after being so connected and focused on their phones, kids lose their ability to pay attention to anything else, meaning that it will be harder for them to study or interact with someone else.
What I think is tough for any parent, is to see that your children have a stronger bond with their phones rather than with you. All that is left is to set some ground rules. No one uses his phone during a meal and while doing certain parent-children activities. Most important of all is the power of example. Have relaxed and healthy conversations with your children and do not even look once at your phone during this time and you will see that in the future, your kid will unconsciously follow your example.
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