Is Your Child Addicted To Mobile Phones? Then Here’s What You Must Know

April 8, 2020

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Every coin has two sides. Similarly, every gadget has its pros and cons. Children using mobile phone has always been up for a debate. And it will be there for a while. Mobile is without a doubt one of the best devices you can have. Having said that you need proper supervision when you let your child use a mobile phone and keeping it minimal is always recommended.

Of course, there are plenty of uses of mobile that can be derived by your child. But, nothing beats the first hand experience of playing real games, making friends, thinking creatively and so on.

Allow your child to stick around mobiles only when needed and not just to get them off your hook so that you can relax for some time. Want to know why your child should not be addicted to mobile phones? Just keep scrolling down.

 

 

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Easy trap

Children are also targeted by mobile companies and come up with a strategy to attract them. They have specific designs that get the attention of your child. Once they find it cool, they might start demanding for it. However, do not let them make you weak and your child needs to know that you are not a pushover and things won’t be done just because they would be upset.

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Impact on academics

The first thing that gets affected by mobile addiction is your child’s academics. Ensure your child isn’t glued to mobile phones while studying. If they need a break, ask them to go out and play or get them involved in some fun activities instead of engaging them with mobiles. Find a way to show them there are cooler games than the ones in mobile phones.

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Effects on their health

Many studies have concluded that mobile phones should be given to children above sixteen. Young minds can be affected when there is an overuse of mobile phones. The brain in young children is too sensitive to deal with the radiations of the mobile network and as a result, they may experience fatigue, headache, loss of sleep, memory loss, ringing ears, and joint pains. Experts also believe that there is a connection between childhood cancer and mobile phone usage among children.

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Social life

Mobiles are no longer a device used for communication. They have become a symbol of social status and young children buy this theory easily. Some children are so obsessed with phones that they just want the best version at their disposal. Once they have the phone they get active on social media or just browse stuff and get completely isolated from people. You definitely don’t want your son/daughter to be a gadget geek over an innocent little one.

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Misuse of mobile phones

Internet is uncontrollable and it is up to the user to decide how he/she uses it. It becomes an understatement to tell you that your child may be exposed to inappropriate things on the internet. Also, the violent and crazy games online can drive children to experiment with certain things in real life which takes their attention away from their learning.

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Parents Corner

So, what is that you as a parent should be doing? Just try and keep them away from the mobile until they are good enough to use a phone by themselves. It doesn’t mean you should completely get the thing away from them because we know there will be times where you child has to use a phone and there is no escape from it practically. When there is a need for a mobile usage then ensure you keep an eye on your child.

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Conclusion

Although there are disadvantages, children can also react positively to phones. Some of them learn their rhymes quickly, develop story-telling, learn things, and create interesting stuff on mobiles. So keep it to a minimum level and help them stay away from the addiction.

Allow your child to use the phones only when there is a case of learning. Let them use it in the presence of adult supervision and with time restrictions. Let them go out and have some fun which will help them make great memories.

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Geraldine Dmello is the Curriculum Head and Consultant at Kara 4 Kids.
She has attained her MS ( diploma) in Special Education and a certification in Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Education from the UCLA University.
Her past experiences involves over 30 years of experience in private schools both international and in India.
She has authored poems, conceived books, speaks and consults on the topics related to the whole child development making teaching in the Early Childhood space a reciprocal experience, filled with a vibrancy that creates a powerful sustained shared thinking.
While in the conceptualizing of the curriculum she keeps in mind the importance of honoring a child. Her core belief is in the saying that ” A berry ripens in its own good time and so does a child’s readiness.”

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With a background in Science and a PG degree in English literature, along with a PG Diploma in Human Resources and Marketing, Rukmini exemplifies a highly skilled professional. Her unwavering commitment to driving our organization’s success through effective HR strategies and practices, particularly focusing on workforce management, sets her apart as a true asset to our team.



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In her current role as the Strategic Operations – Head at Kara4Kids, she has worked towards building a strong team, motivating them to ensure top-notch standards are maintained in the schools. She believes that a loving and happy environment not only helps children to learn while having fun but also brings the best out of the teachers. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure plenty of learning opportunities are offered to children to bring out their innate potential. Her goal is to create a balanced learning ecosystem where every stakeholder in the school community takes responsibility for the child’s learning journey. She firmly believes and hopes that the education system of today helps children to develop empathy, compassion, and resilience along with academic excellence.

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With a strong belief in how a good Preschool is the vital ingredient in building a Child’s Foundation, Rustumji and his wife envisioned Kara. Upon returning to India after having spent 21 years in the UK, they decided to establish the first pre-school with international standards in Bangalore, much to the delight of discerning parents here. This is how the tale of kara unravelled years ago under the stewardship of Rustumji.

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Backed by their sheer hard work and talent, women entrepreneurs worldwide are changing the landscape across every industry. One such visionary in the field of early education is Prachi Mehrotra- Executive Director at Kara4kids. She is also the Director at NestaVera Group of Companies.

 After completing her formal education at a boarding school in Mussorie, Prachi moved to the UK to pursue her degree in Management studies at the University of Nottingham post which she returned to India to pursue her MBA in Finance & Marketing. Her enriching experience, exposure, and learning in these pivotal years taught her the art of adapting to different scenarios, pertaining to education, demographics, and cultures.She strongly believes in developing a culture of trust and transparency at the workplace, which will in turn facilitate the construction of an efficient, effective, productive, and valuable organization.

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