Are you thinking of giving children a phone call? Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? We understand why you would have this doubt. Technology is a part of life now, and children are constantly getting better at using it. Their tremendous ability to learn at these ages, their curiosity, and the endless possibilities our devices offer make them irresistible to children.
New technology is finding its way into childhood. And now the kids do not take long before they make a scene for you to give them your phone.
Well, if you want to make a good, well-informed decision, we will in this article give you 3 good reasons not to give children a phone call. Or at least do it under your supervision and for a limited time.
1. It affects neuronal development: Electronic devices teach the brain to function with constant stimulation
Working in a setting where we are always stimulated can seem like a good thing. In fact, many child development experts highlight the need to stimulate children early. In this way, they can reach their maximum potential for intellectual development.
But what happens with phones is that the stimulation they create is not healthy.
Why? Mobile devices constantly overstimulate the brain and result in a volatile, vibrating and perpetual environment.
This overstimulation is not healthy. This is because it is not like the stimulation a child will encounter later in real life.
Along these lines, people say that overstimulation is not healthy because it is quite artificial. It is something that can create a lot of frustration when the child comes face to face with real life (one will get bored and feel less stimulated).
Therefore, there are studies linking the use of mobiles in children under the age of 10 (the age at which brain formation of the white matter is at its peak) with ADHD.
“Overstimulation is not healthy because it will not prepare a child for real life. And later, it will cause serious feelings of frustration when the child comes face to face with real life (it will get bored and feel less stimulated). ”
2. It exposes children to the dangers of the Internet and social media
Giving children a phone means giving them access to a vast world that their parents cannot control: the Internet. To use a metaphor: If you would not leave your child alone in a mall without controlling who they talk to, play with and interact with, then why would you give them your phone?
No matter how convinced you are that your child could use the device responsibly, it is not very realistic. If you try, you will be able to monitor what the child is doing with the phone for the first few days.
But then you will probably start to trust them and diminish your surveillance. So as time goes on, you can expose the child to a stimulus and situations over which you have no control.
On the other hand , giving kids a phone makes it easier for them to choose “online” relationships instead of face-to-face, in real time.
It will be a bigger problem when it comes to learning social skills normally. It can end up being an obstacle in their work and social life when they are adults.
3. It prevents the development of good habits and necessary skills
Using a phone in childhood will prevent the development of an important skill: concentration. This happens because mobile devices are designed to jump from one stimulus to another.
But concentration is exactly the opposite. Concentration means putting our attention on one stimulus at a time, steadily and for longer.
It is true that children seem to concentrate a lot on the screen. But it is an easy form of concentration. It is controlled by constant change, so the phone does a lot of the concentration work for them.
Fortunately for both children and parents, our brains are flexible and can learn to focus even when we are adults. But if possible, it is better for them to learn it when they are young.
Therefore, giving children a phone call means that they do not learn to deal with boredom themselves. Getting bored is very important.
But when you choose to give children a phone call, make sure they are always entertained. Then they never have to get bored. And really, you also create fights. You do this so that the child is occasionally “restless” and “active.” But this test of your patience will also be good for the child.
“When you choose to give children a phone call, you keep them from learning to be bored. But this is one of the most basic skills in our daily lives. ”
Finally, we have only focused on reasons for not giving children a phone call in this article. But there are also positive or neutral reasons that we must also consider.
Regardless, what is important is that we are in control of what happens. So if we give them our phone, we’ll have to see.
We should not use it as a way to take a break and diminish our attention too much. It also means checking the time they can spend it. If their grandparents or others let them do that, we need to show them how we want them to use the devices.
If so, it may be best that we do not give them a phone call. Even if they call us “evil”, we will not double the time they are exposed to technology.