Parenthood is a hardship, unconditional love and lack of freedom. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, well they had not met internet.🤣😂 .Everything is good to an extent. Excess of everything is harmful. So is too much knowledge and too much digital exposure. Honestly, Meera is not exposed to digital media yet. She doesn’t want videos or rhythms on phone. I had pledged to myself that no digital exposure till 2years. So far is doing fine. Whatever and whenever I am teaching her anything it’s all manually. It’s definitely exhausting as I don’t get a min off her. But honestly its going to be worth it in long term. There are a lot of Cons of digital exposure on kids that parents are not aware of.
Cons of digital exposure on kids –
🔸Most importantly it’s addictive. The US has rehab centres for kids suffering from the digital world. Doctors have sadly accepted that there is no medication for it and relapse can lead to death.
🔸It’s a hurdle in brain development. It doesn’t stimulate imagination rather just excited kids with animation and audio.
🔸It’s lead to anti-social kids behaviour. They are an aloof player and faces difficulty accepting new environment.
🔸It may or may not be educational depending upon what they are truly using and for what reasons.This does not let them use innovative methods to answer the questions.
🔸It is suffocating kids by pulling it away from outside play. They are not exposed to natural air and hence also leads to immunity issues.
🔸In long run, it leads to depression as it doesn’t offer touch and feel senses. Just a visual and audio appealing mechanism.
We as parents are tempted to hand over your iPhone and iPad to have some alone time. It is an easy escape from all day running around them and with all the mental exhaustion. But this is not a recommended practice for early learning stage. Age 0-2 year is the fastest brain development time and any kind of digital exposure is a hinder in their growth.
As parents, it is our responsibility to be involved in either day to day activities and have a load of manual play. Offer them manual toys, sing to them songs/rhythm and read to them as much as possible. Evening playground visit should be made mandatory for kids. They get used to the new environment and socialise better. It is very important that they engage with other kids as it helps to innovate new playing away and learn faster from each other.
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