Currently, many children in Bangladesh are spending extra time on smartphones. It not only damages their eyes but also hinders their overall development.
Many parents use smartphones while feeding their children. This is the time when children stare passively at the screen.
Even when parents and children are together, everyone is busy on their smartphone. In addition, there is no communication with each other. The matter is alarming.
In 2019, a panel of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) gave guidelines on how children under the age of five should spend more time on screen, reduce their seating, sleep more, and spend more time in active play. There is no need for screen time (watching television, video, or anything on the Internet) until the age of one year.
Children from two to four years can spend a maximum of one hour a day on the screen, but less is better. Children of all ages need enough sleep and sports.
A sedentary lifestyle (when most of the time is spent sitting) kills half a billion people of all ages every year around the world. Currently, more than 23 percent of adults and 60 percent of adolescents are not physically active enough. A big reason to spend extra time on the screen.
Many parents in Bangladesh complain about their children’s smartphone addiction.
The question is, who is responsible? Parents decide what their children will eat, what school they will go to, what toys they will play with, and how they will spend their leisure moments.
Even if a child is allowed to use a smartphone at a certain age, it is the responsibility of the parents to give proper instructions for its use.
In some Western countries, the initiative to reduce the extra time on children’s screens has been taken long ago. However, in recent times, it has been emphasized that adults need to reduce their phone addiction.
After enrolling in schools at many places, teachers discover that many children do not have communication skills according to their age. Some have not even learnt to speak.
As smartphone use increases, parents’ attention to their children decreases. They are not giving children time to play games, tell stories, interact. Children are not getting enough stimulation.
As a result, the emotional and intellectual development of the child is being hampered. When busy with a smartphone, the child also has a tendency to quarrel unnecessarily, which creates a rift between the parent and the child in the long run.
The University of Michigan said. Jenny Radsky and the University of Wisconsin. Megan Moreno explains in a research article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics (2016) that children learn to use smartphones from their parents.
Therefore parents should use smartphones in moderation and spend time with family members. You need to stay without any electronic equipment for some time of the day. It is better not to use a smartphone when eating and interacting with the whole family.
Technology is not good or bad. Based on how we use it, it will be beneficial for our lives. If a task can be done quickly with a smartphone or if something is enjoyed with children through it, it will play a positive role.
Parents need to keep certain things in mind
Are most parents in Bangladesh aware of the negative consequences of spending too much time on children’s screens and living sedentary lives? Parents need to keep certain things in mind.
- Children learn by looking at adults. If parents spend less time on laptops, smartphones, TVs, children will also spend less time on it.
- Playing with children, reading books, telling stories can be spent in many different ways. When parents give time to their children, they should pay full attention. Answering the child’s question on the phone is a form of negligence; Which is not conducive to their development.
- Once a habit has been created, it is difficult to change. From the beginning, children should be taught to use electronic devices in moderation.
- Passive screen time is extremely harmful to children. Young children need to talk to them showing something on the screen; They need to be encouraged to ask questions. It would play a role in teaching them.
- Children should take an interest in various topics, including books, games, drawing so that they can spend time on themselves and not depend on electronic devices.
The World Health Organization’s childhood obesity and physical activity expert said.
Need the game needs to be brought back to the lives of children, “said John Williamson. In addition to ensuring adequate sleep, idle time needs to be changed to game time.
“Our country is occupying the playground and using it for commercial purposes. Local area-based cultural activities are stable. Children lose their pressure to get good results in the exam.
This situation has to be changed. Parents need to play a role in controlling the time they spend on their and their children’s screens. Further, it is the responsibility of the State to arrange the participation of children in sports and creative activities.
Full development of children should be the priority of the State and that goal requires adequate investment. Social and cultural organizations need to come forward so that children can spend time happily.
It is very important for children to be aware of the harmful aspects of smartphone addiction and take steps to prevent it. It is still not too late.
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