Children all over the world use smartphones for various purposes. Some children are seen talking to their friends for long hours, while others spend their time playing countless games on the phone. The internet is an abode of knowledge for children. Though the utility of smartphones cannot be debated, continued use and exposure can have harmful effects on the child. Mobile phones may be an easy way to distract children or keep them occupied. However, they come with their own set of vices. Some of the negative effects of regular use of mobile phones include:
Children that have a tendency to use phones for extended periods of time, keeping them close to their ears, have shown a higher chance of developing non-malignant tumours, especially in the regions of the ear and brain. The bones, tissues, and protective linings for organs such as the brain, are still very thin in the kids. Hence, these organs end up absorbing beyond 60% radiation that is emitted from the mobile phones. The radiation can have strange effects on the human body, sometimes directly affecting the nervous system, too.
2. Academic Performance
In today’s world, children tend to spent almost all of their time on mobile phone, which results in falling and getting low marks in exams. Due to neglecting their homework and studies, they try to copy their friend’s answers which tend to be a bad habit to be learned.
The mobile phone is also a tool and can be used for wrong purposes. Kids could come across inappropriate messages, images, or texts shared by their friends or in the group, and further pass it on to others. They can find their way to pornography at an early age, changing their perceptions and thought process
Children may stay up late talking to friends, playing games, or scrolling through social media, which over a period of time, causes fatigue and restlessness. Sleep also disrupts academic life, as kids are too sleepy to concentrate on what is taught in school. Hence, this has a domino effect that seeps into all walks of their lives
With children glued to the mobile phone during their free time, they don’t partake in physical activity and get fresh air. This puts them at risk for obesity and other illnesses, which can later develop into harmful diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Mobile Phone Safety Tips to Decrease the Risk
There might be a lot of benefits of mobile phone, but in some cases harms are more than benefits. There are some ways that should be taken into consideration for the safety of children. For instance, children under the age of 16 should avoid using mobile phone for long time. Furthermore, parents must be aware of their children usage and signal strength as well. Weak signal may cause a lot of health issues. It is advised to take extra care if there is a mobile phone tower on or nearby, or even close to the child’s school, since their exposure to radiation is more than usual. There must be put a limitation to the usage, because children who use mobile phone for a long time tends to speak later than those who do not, and even they dislike communicating and getting involved in activities with other children.