Tablets are at an all time high these past years – and for good reasons. Just pop an iPad in front of a crying kid and voila! Silence and entertainment. There are also applications for every subject, from learning the alphabet to addition drills, these tech companies and organizations have you covered. But are parents aware of the health implications these kids face when they are in front of a screen for about an hour or two everyday, for the rest of their growing years?
In terms of eyesight, staring at a screen for too long will definitely dry out the eyes, and tire them out. Myopia, which is nearsightedness, may also be a possibility, as well as blurred vision, among others. Hearing problems may also arise given that most apps have background music or sound effects that may sometimes be too loud for the sensitive eardrums of children. Playgroundequipment.com noted that spending too much time on gadgets may bring about attention deficiencies and cognitive delays since they spend more time with technology rather than people. To add, the blog notes that tablet time takes away physical activity from children. This means that they do not burn the calories they intake, which could lead to obesity.
Tablets and phones may be used as an aid to education, but this should not be your child’s lone source of knowledge. Gadgets must not be used as a substitute for babysitting, and it shouldn’t be a solution that your child craves for whenever he or she is throwing a tantrum. Some people think that technology solves most problems, but sometimes the old fashioned way of education your children is still the best.