The iPad is a Far Bigger Threat to Our Children Than Anyone Realizes

There is growing concern about electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by portable devices, including tablet computers and the impact of this radiation on our health.

Most of us use a desktop, laptop, tablet PC or cell phone on a daily basis, and some of us use all these devices many times a day either at work or play.

The popularity of tablet use is growing much faster than the use of laptops and cell phones, and now, quickly becoming the device of choice.

Research has shown that laptops and cell phones pose a risk to the health of their radiation emissions of electromagnetic field (EMF), but how do just tablets – is radiation tablet a factor that must be considered

Ten years ago

psychologist Sue Palmer advance about the toxic effects of social media. Now go to a new danger to worry …

When the girl told sweets in the box, his mother said. “No, they are bad for the teeth” So her daughter, who was only two did what young children often do in those moments. She threw a tantrum.

What happened next shocked me. Shame mother found her iPad in her bag and put it in the hands of his daughter. Peace was restored immediately.

This incident, which occurred three years ago, was the first time I saw a tablet computer used as a pacifier. It certainly was not the last.

Since then, I have seen many young children barely able to crawl however, expertly slide a IPAD – not to mention countless teenagers, smartphone in hand, lost to the real world, since texts taps


it is ten years since the publication of my book, Toxic Childhood, which warned of the dangers of too much screen time in physical and mental health of young people. My fears have come true.

Although I was one of the first to predict how insidiously technology penetrate Alevín lives’, even I have been impressed at how quickly even the smallest have become slaves to the screens – and how completely the greatest They are defined by their virtual characters.

Indeed, when my book came out, Facebook had just hit our shores and were more concerned with violent games and children watching too much television video. It seems that the old story, is not it?

Today, on average, children spend five to six hours a day looking at screens. And they often are in two or more screens at once -. For example, watch TV while playing on an iPad

Because technology moves so fast, and children have embraced so quickly, it has been difficult for parents to control them. And when it comes to spending a childhood in front of a screen, this generation are like laboratory rats. The long term impact is not known.

Even before iPads hit the market in 2010, experts warned that 80 percent of the children came to school with poor coordination due to a sedentary lifestyle.

Along with his colleagues in the field of child development, which had seen an increase in prescriptions for Ritalin, a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -. A four-fold increase in less than a decade

And we had collected a lot of research showing links between excessive screen time and obesity, sleep disorders, aggression, lack of social skills, depression and poor school performance.

This is not surprising, then, that the rise of iPads and smartphones has coincided with a further deterioration of physical and mental health of children of all ages. Unfortunately, we are seeing the emergence of the “techno-tot ‘for those iPads have become the modern equivalent of a comfort blanket.

Recent research found 10 percent of children under four years was put to bed with a tablet computer to play as they sleep. A study of families that own them found a third of children under three had their own tablets.


even sell baby ‘seats’ apptivity in which a tablet can be slotted to keep kids entertained.

Few know that the late Apple chief Steve Jobs will not let their children have iPads. I wish I had gone public in this suit as other parents might have followed.

Because previous children are hooked on the screens, the harder it is to abandon them.

This is not the only concern. It’s not just what children are raised to the screen affects their development. It is what move to screens -. All activities are doing in the real world

Children today have far fewer opportunities of what I call “real game”. They’re not learning through firsthand experience how to be human and are much less likely to play or socialize outdoors or with others.

One of the most depressing examples of a childhood based entirely on the screen involved a ten-year-old, in London. Excess weight, boy pale face told me: “I sit in my room and watch my TV and play on my computer and if I get hungry I text my mother and she brings me a pizza….”

The change in the children’s game has gone in little more than a couple of decades. While many parents feel uncomfortable with all that screen time, they have not been addressed as they have been so busy keeping up with the changes in their own lives.

And anyway, it’s happening to children around the world – so surely it can not be bad for them

But the real game is a biological necessity. A psychologist told me it was’ so vital for healthy development as food or sleep. “

If the neural pathways that control the social and imaginative responses have not been developed in early childhood, it is difficult to revive them later. A whole generation could grow without the mental capacity to create their own fun, design your own games and enjoy real friendships -. All because of endless time display

It’s getting away – running, climbing, burrowing and so on – that allows children to acquire physical skills. Playing ‘let’s pretend’ is a creative process that requires a lot of staff input.

real game the initiative, problem solving skills and many other positive features, such as a can-do attitude, perseverance and emotional resistance develops. It is vital for social skills, too. By playing together, young people learn to get along with others.

discover how the minds of others work, develop empathy. And as real game is driven by an innate desire to understand how the world, which provides the basis for academic learning works.

real game is the way of evolution to help children develop a mind of its own -. Curious, problem solving, adaptive, human minds

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen-time for children under two years and a maximum of two hours a day-after.

This is not only because of a proven link between disorders screen time and attention link, but because it eliminates other activities essential to building healthy bodies and brains.

Babies are born with an intense desire to learn about their world, so they are highly motivated to interact with people and objects around them -. The beginning of real game

That’s why I like it when we play silly games with them, like hide and seek, or they manage to capture some household object. This is what helps them develop physical coordination and social skills.

But when the little ones can get instant prizes of high-tech devices that do not have to bother with the actual game. Images on the screen can be as fascinating as the real world, and even a very young child can learn to control the images with a snap of podgy fingers clumsy.

Whenever infants or toddlers make something happen on the screen, they receive the same kind of pleasure hit as they would from a hug or a bath in the tub. When they can get instant prizes by hitting a screen, why bother with the game that requires a physical, social and cognitive effort?

Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield says: “We can not park our children in front of screens and wait for the development of a long attention span ‘


She also worries about the effects of technology on literacy. “Learning to read helps children learn to put ideas in logical order,” she says. “On the other hand, looking at a screen puts their brains in suspended animation.”

Dr. Aric Sigman, who has amassed a huge database of research linking-time display of children with ADHD, autism and emotional and behavioral disorders, also reveals the conflict between the activity based on and reading screen.

“Unlike screen images, words do not move, make noise, sing or dance. Ultimately, the images on screen make the printed word simply bored in a crucial in the mind of the child is developing phase, “he says.

Yet another problem with too much screen of astronomy is that resilience is not developed.

real game gives children the opportunity to learn how to deal with the challenges for themselves. Find ways to learn from their mistakes, picking themselves when they take a fall and ordering of fights with playmates all helps build self-confidence that makes children more emotionally resilient.

This is vital for mental health, especially in our high pressure world. So I was not surprised when Childline this month warned Britain is producing deeply unhappy young -. Sad, lonely, low self-esteem and a growing preference for self-harm

Charity painted a grim portrait of the emotional state of our children, blame their unhappiness on social networking and cyberbullying.

Understandably parents feel unable to cope with the social media use of their children. After all, it has spread like a virus. In 2012, only six years after Facebook came here, it was the favorite web site girls ten years old.

That year I interviewed three girls of 15 years old in Yorkshire who have been on Facebook since the age of ten.

They said they did not enjoy it as much as ‘when we were young “because” the operation of our own public relations campaigns’ – as artfully describe the constant need to make their lives sound glamorous and exciting – it was tiring and that often he felt miserable when others seemed to be enjoying it more.

But could not leave the social networking site, as would be the social bond. “There are a lot of cyberbullying,” said one. ‘So you have to try to be like everyone else. “

However, we can not continue to let our children ‘be like everyone else “when you are hurting them. If the next generation is to grow bright, balanced and healthy enough to use technology wisely, parents need to take action .

And that means limiting screen time, spend time together as a family and make sure children get play.Some say children need to use technology because that is the way the world is going. But there is no need to give children small high-tech devices.

Modern technology develops at a phenomenal rate -. IT skills that children learn before the age of seven years is far beyond its expiration date at the time they reach adolescence

However, self-confidence, emotional resilience, creative thinking, social skills and focused thinking ability will be useful to them what the future brings.


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