Extensive Use Of Tablets/Phones Is Hurting Our Children’s Development

March 3, 2022

As our children are growing up at a time where technology is more accessible and widely used, they are becoming more familiar with using it to carry out tasks in their everyday lives. While technology has greatly improved aspects of our lives, there are also downsides to being dependent on technology.

Increasing research into technology is showing that screen addiction in young children is real! There is a saying, ‘The eyes don’t see what the mind doesn’t know.’ As parents, it is important to monitor your child’s use of electronic devices to avoid this. Some things to look out for are:

  • If your child cannot stop using their device, especially during meals or time with the family.
  • Does not participate in activities except using their tablet/phone.
  • They do not engage or participate in conversations.
  • Gets emotional when asked to stop using their device.
  • They are restless when they are unable to use their device.
  • A device is needed to control their mood as nothing is soothing apart from their tablet/phone.

As with all learning, our children need to be gradually taught about the digital world. It is recommended that children below six years of age should not be using devices longer than one hour a day. They should also be monitored to ensure they are kept safe from the risks of the digital world.

Our children are blessed with five senses. All senses are to be stimulated in young children for their cognitive growth, development of fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving, and social and language development. Our children should be encouraged to explore their environment and socially interact with it.

Family time and spending time doing activities with our little ones should not be replaced by ‘Tablet/Phone Time’. The experiences your children get from your attention will help the growth of their mind and personalities in their adult life. Parents play a vital role in their child’s growth and development.

Ms. Adrinna Pierre, Head Of Matrix International Early Years has held various positions in the Early Years education industry for many years, including working with special needs children in both local and international learning environments. Her corporate experience in banking has helped her manage the school efficiently while taking into account the personal needs of all students.