Healthy Mind

Children need humans, not screens

Childhood is one of the most crucial phases of life. Make sure they spend this in the “real world”. Children need humans, not screens. 

Increasing screen time is detrimental not only for child’s mental health but also creates a significant impact on their physical health. Technology with time will only penetrate deeper into our life as we move towards digital India. But, its impact on future generations could be more adverse. 

You might wonder, why? Technology has made our lives easy and will probably make it a lot easier in coming times. But, are we giving them the childhood they need? Let’s see in how many ways we are affecting their lives, knowingly or unknowingly.

How are we making children more vulnerable?

  1. The busy lifestyle of parents is one of the main reasons behind this. By no means, we want to convey that parents shouldn’t enjoy their lives the way they want. They are also human beings who would love doing things they cherish. But, the problem comes when we substitute ourselves with digital devices.  

                         What do we do when we are busy? We give our mobile phones, tablets, or laptops to the kids to keep them engaged. That’s how we substitute our attention with digital gadgets. We can always look for other alternatives, but this proves to be the most common way to engage them. 

  1. Then comes peer pressure. No matter what you do, they will always get influenced by their group when they are too young. We can’t trace their activities every time, but it is important to look at the behavioral changes. If they are reacting aggressively when you don’t give them digital devices then you must stay cautious. 

Impact of excessive screen time:

Gaming disorder
  1. Insecurity: Excessive use of social media can result in insecurities. Children can’t recognize that whatever they see on social media is not a complete reality. Thus, they might end up developing insecurity. Childhood is the time when we can help them build confidence. And, the glamorous social media might take that away. 
  2. Impacts on physical health: All of us are aware of the adverse impacts of prolonged sitting. Excessive use of digital gadgets will surely decrease their interest in physical activities. Teaching them various games would surely help you improve their health. Provide them options to keep them busy. A sedentary lifestyle will create long-term health problems. Make sure you engage them in physical activities. 
  3. Impacts their mental health: Excessive use will slowly take their interest away from the real world. The virtual world can never substitute real-world experiences. Children will never know who’s on the other side and, anything that happens will impact their mental health.   Thus, digital technology can increase the risk of anxiety, depression, disturbed sleeping patterns, and much more. The increasing incidence of cyberbullying is one of the most serious issues. Social media and these gadgets often act as an escape from reality. Thus people enjoy spending more time online.
  4. Impacts their social life: All of us have witnessed this in our lives. People spend time on their devices even when they are out with their friends. The same can impact the social life of children. Spending time in person can help them acquire good habits. They might end up losing their ability to understand other person’s emotions. Try building their genuine friend list than the virtual one. 
  5. Gaming disorder: The emerging gaming disorder that sometimes involves money is more damaging to mental health. These games are one of the leading causes of suicide in some places. So, if you find your child ignoring the most important daily activities, then it’s a gaming disorder that needs immediate attention. 

This excessive use of digital devices might not look like a big issue now. But can significantly impact their overall life. Engaging them in other activities, spending family time, playing games, etc., would improve their overall health and social lives. Look for better alternatives. Have a digital detox day with them.

In the next post, we will discuss some great alternatives to engage them. Stay tuned.

 Create memories offline. 🙂

  Children need humans, not screens

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    Alpana Deo
    December 24, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I second that. With the increased screen time, people have lost the touch of human interactions. It is scary but true. Sometimes Screen comes as a handy options for parents as well. The sad part is, even the young kids are getting exposed to screen. No game, app can replace the one on one attention.

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    Surbhi Prapanna
    December 25, 2021 at 4:11 am

    This is such an important topic that need attention of all parents. yes, screen time creates many problems and health hazards. many times, despite knowing all ill effects, parents did not know how to manage it. looking forward for next post to know advice from you on this subject.

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    Ambica Gulati
    December 26, 2021 at 9:31 am

    This is really an important subject that you have touched upon. We have got so involved with the gadgets that we forget, it’s humans who create them and we need to start getting into more real stuff. Virtual reality in excess can damage more than we perceive. It’s good advice that you have shared.

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    Anjali Tripathi
    December 26, 2021 at 9:43 am

    This is very important topic that you have disscused here. Excess of anything is harmful and screen time is one of them. For social and emotional wellbeing, children need to play outdoor games and should interact with outher children. Playing with peers teaches children how to regulate their emotions, develop social skills, and form a sense of identity.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    December 26, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    This is a really challenging issue that needs to be addressed by all parents. Screen time is slowly but steadily affecting, the very psyches of kids. They need to be weaned from screens and spend more time outside playing or reading.

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    December 26, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    I guess all parents know the side effects of excess screentime for kids…. But still they ignore that be it intentionally or you may due to changing time. I am sorry to say many parents flaunt it with pride when they talk about their kids screentime as that gives them (parents) some me time

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    December 26, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I agree with you. Screen time definitely affects kids psychological and mental growth . We need to reduce and restrict kids screentime.

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    Sindhu Vinod Narayan
    December 27, 2021 at 1:38 am

    I agree with the pointer that when parents need to finish works they thrust the mobiles and it kinda becomes an addiction at some point. Trying to divert them might seem to be a good point.

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    December 27, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Totally!!! Unfortunately with the virus still lurking around, I’d rather keep our girls at home most of the time. It all comes to making time for us for them to have that human interaction. Hoping and praying that the outside world would be a safer place to roam around again so we can finally have them do some extracurricular activities with other kids.

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    Outset Books
    December 27, 2021 at 8:26 am

    After the lockdown it has become literally impossible to keep a check on their screen time. Some games are so addictive that they want to just talk about them to gain happiness..

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    Meenakshi Kaur
    December 27, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Totally agreed with you. Such a great topic. These days due to COVID children are totally screen bond which is not good for their health. Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips. I’ll definitely try them..

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    December 27, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    We all love our kids and yet find very lottle time for them. As a lifecoach I come across many parents who go through kids tantrums but all kids want is a little attention.

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