Before you hand your smartphone or iPad to your kid to keep 'em quiet, know this: pediatric occupational therapist Chris Rowan has outlined 10 reasons why you shouldn't.
Children aged 3 to 5 who are exposed to technology more than four hours a day - including use of handheld devices like cell phones, tablets, and electronic games - could develop serious behavioral problems and even child developmental delays.
So, Rowan is calling parents, teachers, and even the government to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. In this post over at Huffington Post, Rowan explained 10 reasons why, summarized below:
- Exposure to technology is bad for rapid brain growth of children from 0 to 2 years of age
- Technology use restricts movement, and thus results in delayed physical development
- TV and video game use correlates with increased obesity
- 75% of kids who use technology in the bedroom have sleep deprivation
- Technology overuse is a factor in child depression, anxiety, and other mental illness
- Violent media can cause child aggression
- "Digital dementia": too much digital media cause decreased concentration and memory
- 10% of children aged 8 to 18 are addicted to technology
- Potential radiation emission from digital devices
- The way children are raised and educated with technology is unsustainable
Rowan shares a guideline on the appropriate use of technology for kids of varying ages: