This is a topic I have posted before either on here or the Facebook page, and I found an article that shows an interesting side and some statistics. I am looking in the effects of “screen time” for children. I have a 9 year old brother that has been introduced to phones, ipads, computers and tv since toddler age. The reason is because it is an easy distraction to give a bored and crying child an ipad to play games, while sitting at a restaurant for example, to quiet them down. But what happens when they become addicted, and only want to play games and watch cartoons? My little brother prefers to play games, over anything – he would not want to go outside to a playground and be active with other children. He throws a tantrum when there is no wifi… I believe there are many kids like this these days. What is the reason, and how does it affect a child?
This article tells a story of a woman that bought her 6 year old son an ipad, for educational purposes (games meant to teach and bring out creativity). But soon the child discovered Minecraft, which is good for imagination and creativity and is compared to electronic Lego. Then the mother noticed how her child become less interested in normal activities like baseball and reading, while mainly focusing on the ipad. “We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.” The author believes all the games and electronics used are like a digital drug, and that a child’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs, this is where the addiction comes from. There is also increased depression, anxiety and aggression from more screen time. I believe that for these things to be prevented, parents must limit screen time from the very beginning, and not let a child spent all their time playing games.