How mobile phones affect children’s health
It is our collective responsibility as a society to prioritize the well-being of our children over convenience.
Posted by DR.Altaf Ahmad Ganaie Tuesday, January 2, 2024
In today’s digital age, mobile phones have become an essential part of our daily life. These devices provide us with instant connectivity, access to information, and endless entertainment possibilities. However, children’s use of mobile phones is increasing, and there are concerns about the impact on their physical and mental health. An alarming trend has emerged, especially in Kashmir, where parents are giving their children mobile phones to watch Reels and other content during meals. This habit not only reflects a lack of responsibility for children’s basic needs, but also seriously affects their overall well-being.
One of the major health concerns associated with excessive cell phone use is the potential for vision loss. The strain on your eyes caused by prolonged exposure to screens, especially at close range, can cause long-term damage. It is alarming to think that children are being exposed to this risk at such a young age. Parents should understand the importance of protecting their children’s vision and take steps to limit screen time. Excessive screen time can impair a child’s ability to form and retain memories. Scientific research shows that prolonged use of mobile phones has a negative impact on cognitive development and can hinder children’s educational progress in the long run. It is important that parents are aware of the long-term effects of giving their children unlimited access to mobile phones and take steps to ensure a balanced lifestyle.
Some parents may argue that giving their child a cell phone during meals helps them control their behavior or help them focus on their work without distractions, but these short-term The benefits come at a high price. By depriving children of the opportunity to interact and bond with their parents at mealtimes, we undermine their emotional and social development. Parent-child bonding is critical to fostering healthy relationships and fostering emotional connections. By replacing this time with mindless scrolling, we deprive our children of human interaction that is essential to their growth and well-being.
Addressing this problem requires collective action from schools, community organizations, and government agencies. Awareness campaigns and parenting workshops should be organized to educate parents about the negative effects of excessive screen time on children’s health. We need to provide guidelines and strategies for responsible phone use to ensure children’s health is a top priority. In addition, parents should manage their children’s screen time and allow their children to participate in other healthy activities, such as outdoor play and quality family time. By setting limits and encouraging alternative entertainment, parents can protect their children from the dark side of cell phones. The negative impact of mobile phones on children’s health is a matter of great concern, as a disturbing trend in Kashmir shows.
It is our collective responsibility as a society to prioritize the well-being of our children over convenience. By taking proactive steps to limit exposure to mobile phones and provide healthier alternatives, we can ensure that our youngest generation grows up in a bright and healthy environment.
(The author is cluster resource coordinator. Feedback: email@example.com)