This is the era of Artificial intelligence; SMART MOMS are producing ELECTRONIC KIDS and MOBILE PHONES are the new baby sitters. Prolonged smart-phone usage is causing ailments like strabismus, childhood blindness, cataract surgeries, glaucoma, insomnia, intraocular trauma, obesity and Screen Dependency Disorder in children at an alarming rate.
The above photographs represent three kids from the metro-city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. Due to extreme smart-phone exposures, 10% of children suffers strabismus, 18% suffers low vision and 30% ail dry eyes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published its ‘Guidelines on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Sleep for Children Under Five Years Of Age’ stating; “Infants and one year-olds should not spend any time at all looking at electronic screens. Screen time for children aged two, three and four should be limited to just an hour every day and lesser the better. The benefits of less screen-based sedentary behavior (TV viewing, watching videos, playing computer games) include reduced obesity, improved motor and cognitive development and psychosocial health.”
A 2018 study conducted by an MNC revealed that 57% of Indian parents surveyed were worried about the impact of screen time on their children’s eyesight especially since more than 30% of children in India spend more than six hours a day staring at screens. According to a study conducted by AIIMS and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, published in 2018, every third child among the 7,000 students suffered from obesity.
Parents choose a convenient option of handing over smart-phones and tablets to their children, so they do not have to look-over their kids. Restricting playtime is so unfair. Every child is born creative. They can invent new games of their own within minutes, irrespective of confined space. Physical exercise generates the neurotropic factor essential for the brain’s growth. It helps young ones to stay more focused, develop a strong memory and become less impulsive.
The question is; What do you choose for your child?
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