Keep children away from cell phones

Affects mental and physical health, isolates

Manish Gajbhiye


In the modern era, the mental and physical health of children has become a crucial issue. On the occasion of Children’s Day which will be celebrated on November 14, Lokmat Times provides an update on the situation of gadget addiction, health problems, pressure and stress among children.

The use of mobile phones among children has increased a lot, especially after the confinement period. It certainly harms children’s mental and physical health, experts said.

Cell phones are means of immediate gratification. Children develop a tendency to be immediately attracted to the use of cell phones. Social media applications are the source that attracts them enormously. Moreover, the games they play have several adverse effects on the minds of children.

It is observed that children using cell phones excessively lose their concentration. They often face memory loss problems and cannot think instantly. Previously, children studied for two to three hours continuously, but now these children are distracted and could not concentrate on their studies even for 15 to 20 minutes. They also face eye problems.

Likewise, there is controversial pressure from parents on children regarding career option. Therefore, they have to face serious problems to maintain themselves in a situation of fierce competition. Psychologically, children should be in competition with themselves and not with others. If they compete with themselves, they are more likely to improve. On the other hand, every child is different from others and hence a child can only excel in their chosen field quickly. If the parents compare the child with others, then the child also begins to compare them with the other parents and especially the facilities provided by the parents to the other children.

Depression in children is a common aspect in children and sometimes they can even take extreme measures in such conditions. Therefore, parents should closely monitor children’s activities and should seek immediate medical assistance from the psychiatrist if they observe any change in behavior in them, experts have advised.

Children follow parents

Today, even parents are addicted to using cell phones. The children imitate them and follow them. Children are isolated from family and friends and try to find immediate results from their actions. Mobile search engines give them the opportunity to immediately get the result of their queries, but in this process their thought process is stopped. This hinders their mental and physical growth. These children are often absorbed in depression.

– Dr. Mangesh Kadam, Psychiatrist

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