The negative effects of letting kids have access to smart phones and tablets is still not fully studied. Although there is an incredible amount of research to the positive effects of technological devices towards the use of learning, the negative side effects are far from fully understood or researched.
The negative health effects however are tremendous, and you are lying to yourself if you don’t admit that as an adult you know that all these technical devices are bad for you in some shape or form. Yet, here we are, maybe a decade on from the smart phone revolution brought on by the iPhone, and these technologies have now become ubiquitous with our everyday life, including our kids’ daily experiences.
Just for a bit of side reading, take a look at this research study carried out in Norway from 2012 across nearly 10,000 adolescents in the age range of 16-19. Research article here: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/1/e006748.
Adolescents spent a large amount of time during the day and at bedtime using electronic devices. Daytime and bedtime use of electronic devices were both related to sleep measures, with an increased risk of short sleep duration, long sleep onset latency and increased sleep deficiency.
Meaning, extended use of these devices, not only increases the length of time it takes to fall asleep, but also increases the chance that you will sleep shorter lengths of time.
Which then takes us to the future of our even younger cohorts that are absolutely growing up in the middle of this personal gadget revolution. A future where the kids are so attached to their time on these devices and the fact that we are allowing this happen is a scary thought indeed.
As a community, we must come together and work towards a more balanced and healthy lifestyle on the use of technology for us and for our children.
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