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Screen Time Impacts Children

June 19, 2022 |

Purely and surely parents are to be blamed for handing over cellphones to children in order to keep them engaged which over the years turns into a habit and eventually addiction later during the teenage level. This increased digital screen-time has ill effects both on the physical as well as mental health of the children. It was important to have a well-thought approach to the role of the Internet and digital devices in teaching and learning. The digital medium can be beneficial in many ways, providing access to quality education even during these unclear times, however, increased exposure to the screen can be harmful to a child’s health in many ways. It has been found in a recent survey in Kashmir that the maximum number of children studied belonged to the age group of 6-10 years and most were males (56.1%). The phone (68.7%) was the most commonly used device. 54.4% of children did not owe an electronic device. Approximately 62.9% of parents consider their children addicted to their phones. Excess screen time does not openly hamper learning capabilities, but can lead to adiposity, attention deficiency, and extreme mood alterations in children, which in turn disrupts learning capabilities. There are growing apprehensions that this exposure to electronics could have negative effects on the growth and development of children. Most parents are in agreement with the fact that the increased screen time or increased use of devices/phones was affecting the mental wellbeing of the children. The use of smart devices/phones leads to poor concentration and emotional and mood instability and poor self-control. The user may also be associated with anxiety and depression and poor interpersonal relationships. The use of electronic media acts like a digital drug for our brain and this releases dopamine in our brain which has a negative effect on impulse control. The present scenario in wake of COVID-19 has brought to the forefront the need to revisit the concept of screen time from a health perspective. This is important given the exclusive reliance on time spent looking at the screen as a measure to ensure healthy use of the Internet and Internet-enabled devices. There is a need to look beyond the absolute amount of time children and adolescents spend looking at the digital screens. Hence, it is important to have a well-thought approach to the role of the Internet and digital devices in teaching and learning.

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Screen Time Impacts Children

June 19, 2022 |

Purely and surely parents are to be blamed for handing over cellphones to children in order to keep them engaged which over the years turns into a habit and eventually addiction later during the teenage level. This increased digital screen-time has ill effects both on the physical as well as mental health of the children. It was important to have a well-thought approach to the role of the Internet and digital devices in teaching and learning. The digital medium can be beneficial in many ways, providing access to quality education even during these unclear times, however, increased exposure to the screen can be harmful to a child’s health in many ways. It has been found in a recent survey in Kashmir that the maximum number of children studied belonged to the age group of 6-10 years and most were males (56.1%). The phone (68.7%) was the most commonly used device. 54.4% of children did not owe an electronic device. Approximately 62.9% of parents consider their children addicted to their phones. Excess screen time does not openly hamper learning capabilities, but can lead to adiposity, attention deficiency, and extreme mood alterations in children, which in turn disrupts learning capabilities. There are growing apprehensions that this exposure to electronics could have negative effects on the growth and development of children. Most parents are in agreement with the fact that the increased screen time or increased use of devices/phones was affecting the mental wellbeing of the children. The use of smart devices/phones leads to poor concentration and emotional and mood instability and poor self-control. The user may also be associated with anxiety and depression and poor interpersonal relationships. The use of electronic media acts like a digital drug for our brain and this releases dopamine in our brain which has a negative effect on impulse control. The present scenario in wake of COVID-19 has brought to the forefront the need to revisit the concept of screen time from a health perspective. This is important given the exclusive reliance on time spent looking at the screen as a measure to ensure healthy use of the Internet and Internet-enabled devices. There is a need to look beyond the absolute amount of time children and adolescents spend looking at the digital screens. Hence, it is important to have a well-thought approach to the role of the Internet and digital devices in teaching and learning.


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Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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