30.1 C
Kuching
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Smartphones – Addiction Among Children

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Why Are Children Addicted To Smartphones?

Smartphones has the potential to cause addiction among children, especially those below three years old.

This was said by Dr Wong How Ping from Klinik Kesihatan Jalan Lanang during a webinar ‘Telefon Pintar Tidak Sesuai Untuk Kanak?’ that was held online on 12 August 2022.

In explaining this, Dr Wong said that the human brain can only reach full maturity at the age of 25.

Dr. Wong shows the statistic of samrtphone usage in Putrajaya where 83.2 per cent of children below three years old are already exposed to smartphones (Screenshot from PUSTAKA youtube channel)

A part of the human brain called the prefrontal cortex which functions to control one’s impulses as well as behaviour.

Hence, Dr. Wong said that due to overexposure to smart phones, children are unable to control their impulses and are easily addicted to usage of smartphones.

Among the unhealthy effect of using smartphone as explained by Dr.Wong during his talk (Screenshot from PUSTAKA youtube channel)

Explaining further, he then said that among the signs of children that are addicted to smartphones includes uncontrollable use of smartphones, being immensely preoccupied, disregard of other activities as well as continuous use despite the potential problems caused by overuse to smartphone.

During a question-and-answer session, one of the questions posed by the participants was how do parents control their children who are already addicted to smartphones.

To this, Dr. Wong said parents can reduce screening time on smartphones by stages.

Among the health effects due to overuse of smartphones includes farsightedness, anxiety, insomia, autistic behaviours and delayed speech, as well as obesity (Screenshot from PUSTAKA youtube channel)

For instance, parents can cut down screening time from two hours to an hour.

He explained it is nearly impossible to completely cut off usage of smartphone among children who are already addicted as they can exhibit uncontrollable behaviours such as crying.

Dr. Wong shows the statistic of samrtphone usage in Putrajaya where 83.2 per cent of children below three years old are already exposed to smartphones (Screenshot from PUSTAKA youtube channel)

Dr. Wong also suggested that parents may also give their children choices on how much time they can spend using their smartphones.

“By doing so, you (as a parent) are actually showing respect to your children by showing that they can make their own choice instead of instructing them to follow what you say,” he said.

Other than that, Dr. Wong also suggested that parents can distract their children with other activities such as playing boardgames, spending time doing leisure activities such as taking a walk or read them books.

He also noted that having a messy house due to children doing more activities apart from looking into smartphones, it is actually a healthy sign to children’s development by learning.

He also shared some strategies on how to reduce radiation caused by smartphone (Screenshot from PUSTAKA youtube channel)

“Hence, I urged parents to not be angry with their children if they mess out the house because it means they are spending more time doing something else apart from looking at their smartphones,” said Dr. Wong.

Thus, Dr. Wong ended his talk but concluding that children below three years old are not suitable for smartphone usage and the screening time for smartphone for children should be limited to be under two hours.

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Enam Hab Teknologi Dan Inovasi Asia Untuk Para Pengasas Dan Usahawan

Malaysia semakin berkembang menjadi hab teknologi untuk pengasas di peringkat antarabangsa sehingga disenaraikan sebagai destinasi untuk syarikat permulaan terbaik ke-11 di dunia.
- Advertisement -

Powering Remote Medical Services with Renewable Energy

For the first time in Malaysia, a clinic at a remote village in Sarawak is introduced to a hybrid solar-hydrogen power generation system, showing a promising and greener future in Sarawak’s rural electrification efforts.

Penggunaan Telefon Pintar Dalam Kalangan Kanak-kanak

Penggunaan keterlaluan telefon pintar/gajet secara berterusan memberi kesan negatif kepada perkembangan emosi dan sahsiah kanak-kanak dan jika tidak dikawal akan menyebabkan mereka bersikap antisosial.

Smartphones – Addiction Among Children

A talk organised by PUSTAKA, ‘Telefon Pintar Tidak Sesuai Untuk Kanak?’ highlighted the behaviours of children who are addicted to smartphone usage.

Related news

Enam Hab Teknologi Dan Inovasi Asia Untuk Para Pengasas Dan Usahawan

Malaysia semakin berkembang menjadi hab teknologi untuk pengasas di peringkat antarabangsa sehingga disenaraikan sebagai destinasi untuk syarikat permulaan terbaik ke-11 di dunia.

Powering Remote Medical Services with Renewable Energy

For the first time in Malaysia, a clinic at a remote village in Sarawak is introduced to a hybrid solar-hydrogen power generation system, showing a promising and greener future in Sarawak’s rural electrification efforts.

Penggunaan Telefon Pintar Dalam Kalangan Kanak-kanak

Penggunaan keterlaluan telefon pintar/gajet secara berterusan memberi kesan negatif kepada perkembangan emosi dan sahsiah kanak-kanak dan jika tidak dikawal akan menyebabkan mereka bersikap antisosial.

Smartphones – Addiction Among Children

A talk organised by PUSTAKA, ‘Telefon Pintar Tidak Sesuai Untuk Kanak?’ highlighted the behaviours of children who are addicted to smartphone usage.
- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here