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7 Reasons Why Giving Your Child A Smartphone Can Be Very Harmful.

7 reasons "Why you should not give your school going child a smartphone?”

This is the digital era and it is ruled by smartphones. These devices have evolved to being an effective means of
communication, socialising and entertainment. Moreover, with advances in AI and machine learning, the algorithms
are now more personalised and thus make them an inseparable part of our lives. However, can these smartphones
be as useful to your kids as they are for you? These seven reasons will explain why smartphones are not meant for
school going kids –
  1. Lack of physical connection with your child:

One of the paramount reasons behind providing a smartphone is establishing a healthy contact with him/her. But
don’t you feel your kids are spending more time on their smartphones than with you? According to CNN, young
kids spend about 2 hours a day on smartphones. Moreover, many of them have their own devices. At that age, they
should be surrounded with toys, and chasing their hobbies and dreams, not charging their electronic devices.

2. Exploit physically as well as mentally

Excessive exposure to blue light and unhealthy postures are some effects of unregulated use of phones which can
hurt your child physically. Moreover, the mental growth is hampered - supposedly by harmlessly scrolling memes
on social media which might also be influencing your child’s mind inappropriately.

3. Distraction and Privacy:  
School days are to be spent building a basic foundation of knowledge, as school is the child’s first impression of the
world. His grasping power determines his competency for the future. Also, there is scope for sports and play, taking
time out for these essential activities becomes difficult as we grow up. Hence, the distractions of the internet like
social media, games and Youtube are quite uncalled for, but easy traps to fall into. The kids are still quite immature
to identify and protect their privacy online, which may  have dangerous consequences, like unintentionally falling
prey to cyber crimes.

4. Developing soft skills:

Being able to make friends and interacting with people are skills which are better learned as kids in school.
Smartphones don’t foster that attitude. Rather they glue a person to the screen. A 2014 study found that sixth
graders who spent just five days at a camp without using screens were better at reading emotions on others’ faces,
suggesting that the smartphone generation’s screen-filled lives might cause their social skills to atrophy.

5. Understanding value of smartphones:

People of our generation got our first phones when we were mature and well out of college. But these days toddlers
can be seen holding smartphones, playing games and watching YouTube videos, oblivious to the value or cost of the
expensive device or services. They have no idea about most of the essential functions.Responsibility must be
inculcated first, with a proper understanding about the device and judicious use of its features.

6. Direction in life:

Teenage is the most important part of a child’s life. This tender age can help him/her discover passion and hobbies,
to help get a direction in life. If it is utilized in surfing on mobile phones, he/she would not focus much on personal
life and goal and would go off-track.
7. Look at the bigger picture:

Parents need to see, what kind of world they are helping shape with this seemingly trivial act. With increasing
human dependence on technology, by handing a smartphone to the future of this world – your child, you’re
depriving him the opportunity of understanding the pleasure of human company. Phones tend to become their
companions and they value it more than their supposed friends.

The need is to understand that smartphones were never created by keeping an immature teenager in mind. Your
child needs to grow up as a strong individual and that is not happening as long as a major concern in their life is
charging their silly devices!

What do you think ? Do smartphones cause more harm than good?


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