Kids and Electronic Devices

Let’s admit it; we all grab our phones as it beeps even when we are with kids.  Whether it’s a social media post or a quick text, it’s difficult to ignore the curiosity. 
kids using devices But when you realize that your child has started throwing tantrums to have more screen time, you feel guilty. On the contrary technology and gadgets are also essential for a child’s development. Parents often find themselves in a dilemma whether to give a green light or hold back. To help parents decide on how young is too young for electronic devices and what are the safest ways to introduce them, following essential guide is the answer to all your W’s and H’s-




Pros of smartphones, tablets and laptops

Having access to technology at a young age not only develops but also improves your child’s learning abilities when used appropriately. Some of the benefits are:

• Engaging applications help your children to develop hand-eye coordination.

• Reading eBooks and online stories improves language skills and vocabulary development.

• Assists your child to gain necessary skills for school readiness and enhances cognitive development.

• Gaming applications aid in boosting visual attention of kids.

• Helps to develop social interaction skills.

• Motivates to finish assigned tasks on time.

• Develops dynamic spatial skills by using interactive applications.

• Enhances problem solving skills

• Expands horizons by creative virtual environment through various multi-media presentations.

• Interactive media develops talent and social skills.

• Builds up computer literacy and improves manual dexterity.


Cons of active smartphones, tablets and laptop:

Experiences like stacking blocks so they don’t tumble down or mixing water with dirt to make mud can never be beaten by pushing keys or manipulating mouse. Some of the drawbacks are:

• Delays development due to restricted body movement.

• Disconnects from the real world and people interactions.

• Slows down the sensory and motor development.

• Increases obesity and other health problems

• Unplugs from reality because of too much stimulation.

• Affects their studies and school achievements.

• Develops unhealthy lifestyle and poor eating habits.

Though it is impossible to completely eliminate the exposure of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops but some endeavor can surely bring fruitful results.


Tips to slowly unplug :

No TV in the bedroom

One of the best ways to cut down on screen time is to remove the TV from your bedrooms. Watching TV at bedtime destroys sleeping pattern and creates other behavioral disorders.


Mealtime - electronic-free zone

Nothing can be more satisfying than having a meal with family. But when electronic devices start intervening in your happiness, it’s better to boycott them. Have a conversation with your child about his day at school rather than reading posts about other people.


Set screen limit time

It is must to minimize the media exposure as much as possible. In the world of technology, we all have forgotten the simple joys of old fashioned fun. So it’s better to introduce some creative ways to turn off the electronic gadgets and tune in to each other.


Bust the boredom

You might be too familiar with the phrase "I am bored” but what to do when you hear it too often? There are plenty of great ideas to engage the senses and to keep your child involved in non-electric things. If you use electronics, use them together in an interactive way.


Convincing a kid to have an apple over dessert by saying former is as sweet as later is difficult. Similarly, it is hard to argue or negotiate with your little one asking for more screen time. If you are also worried when is the right time to introduce your kid to one or all the technologies, here are some of the wonderful tips to help you out:


Wait till preschool

 Even if kids get all excited to see laptops, phones and tablets and love to click buttons or watch videos, does not mean they know how to handle a particular device. Many studies suggest waiting till your kid is ready for the preschool. Kids under two years of age develop social skills and conversational skills when they interact with the real people. They understand the world by exploring each and everything.  Physical play is also crucial to toddler’s growth. Each minute using smartphones, tablets and laptops is a minute when your child is not getting an environment to flourish and integrate new and developing skills. Can you recall when is the last time you played peek-a-boo with your little one? It may be a fun child’s game for you but it helps in developing brains of very young children. Incorporating plenty of physical activities into your child’s routine is imperative for his overall growth.


While many experts suggest kids above three years of age can actively participate and can be benefitted in many terms with educational content. Various educational and games applications polish eye-hand coordination of children. The educational content may encompass attractive images, catchy voices, revising an idea and other conversational subject matters.

Five to six years is the perfect age when kids are capable of grasping things effectively but need supervision to get engaged in learning activities.

Experts do recommend providing smartphones / tablets to kids in unsupervised environment between the age of 11 and 13.


 Parental supervision required

 It is must for parents to keep an eye on what media food their kids are eating. The main objective is to provide balanced exposure. It is imperative to monitor kid’s media exposure so electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and laptop should be removed from the bedroom. Kids can get more benefit from smartphones, tablets and laptops if your experience is also added. Take out time in exploring a new app, discussing various features and benefits and asking questions about the game. When you apply this practice, you also develop a great bond while learning new things together. However medical practitioners believe that at a tender age activities such as book reading or solving puzzles or riddles is more powerful than any kind of media exposure.

Children have a tendency to imitate elders. There is no good instructing your child to turf off the television while you are busy in checking social media updates. Promote watching quality content by applying first to yourself and let your child follow you. Parents need to create a balance and make every effort to have fun time with their children whenever possible. Be a great example to your kids and try to create an environment which will assist your child in enhancing language, social and cognitive skills. For example:  Visiting a zoo with a kid and letting him click photos of animals with your smartphones and tablets then reading online about those creatures.


Content counts

Just like you monitor the food your kids eat likewise it is crucial to expose quality media to your children. Parents have to extra mile about the media exposure their kids are getting and help them understand better. When you make age-appropriate media choices, It becomes utmost important to concentrate on content and message. To decide better, age limit should be considered as mentioned in the app. Smartphones, tablets and laptops can be true guides if used in a careful manner. Parents should be able to make difference between types of content. Search for the apps that teach time, money, basic math, geography, science and other disciplines in an interesting manner. Many useful tools are also available that train your kids in music and art in the most impressive way possible.

Different interesting activities such as memory games, riddles, puzzles, enhancing nurturing skills and many other creative forums are also wonderful options in order to brush up their knowledge and sharp their minds. Pointing out and labelling things is also one of the effective ways to enhance their learning.


Set limits for screen timit

 This tried and tested rule will give you an authority to mold your child towards other interactive activities rather than being glued to Smartphones, tablets and laptops. You have to set the example. If they see your love for reading, they will likely develop an interest in reading.

·        Set the rule and be strict about it.

·        Give reasons why you have taken the decision.

·        A successful parenting requires you to know your child’s life in and out.

·        Understand their needs and remove all their inhibitions.

·        Build an environment where creativity prevails.

·        Encourage them to explore the real world with fun-filled activities.

·        Spend time with your kids and tell them that you truly enjoy their company.


New dimension of learning

Smartphones, tablets and laptops gift an additional learning layer to the school-age children. These gadgets not only allow to access content but also let children gain expertise in a particular area. They can also get in touch with experts who help them excelling in true senses. Technology is a true blessing if used appropriately. So encourage your child to stay safe.


Whether you want to embrace or escape the high-tech world, you can always assist your child to make wise choices!



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Kids are now very much dependent on the electronic devices. This is bad for their health, i think.
Lasy parents are guilty in this problem. Child is busy with smartphone, and parents dont care…
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