10 Reasons Why Children Under the Age of 12 Shouldn’t Use Handheld Devices

The Canadian Society of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics both claim that children should have restricted access to handheld devices. For example, children under the age of 2 should never ever use them, those 3-5 years old should be allowed to use them for one hour per day, while those 6-18 years old only 2 hours.
This is because technology is abused by children 4-5 times more than normal and this can lead to serious developmental consequences.

Handheld Devices

1. Brain growth
The children’s brain grows at a fast rate, and if it is not stimulated by the environment like it should because of overexposure to technology, like cell phones, TV, iPads, Internet, children can develop attention deficit, impaired learning, cognitive delays and will not develop the ability to self-regulate.

2. Developmental Consequences
The use of technology retards the child’s movement and the result is delayed development, which negatively impacts its literacy and academic achievement. Children under the age of 12 should be forbidden from using handheld technology too much.

3. Obesity
Usage of technology deprives the child from moving and physical activities, which leads to obesity. This is the reason behind the fact that one in four children in Canada and US are obese. 30% of them develop diabetes and that means higher risk of heart attack and shorter life expectancy.

4. No Sleep
75% of children use technology in bedrooms and those aged 9 and 10 sleep much less because of that, which affects their grades.

5. Mental Disorder
Overuse of technology is the reason behind problematic behavior, psychosis, bipolar disorder, attention deficit, anxiety and child depression.

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