JAKARTADAILY.ID – Recent studies suggest that excessive use of gadgets and excessive screen time among children may lead to cognitive and learning issues in the future.
While it may be tempting to keep your children occupied with gadgets, tablets, and video games, research has found that this may prove detrimental for your loved ones in the long run.
According to an article written by the Public Communications Section, Bureau of Law and Public Relations, National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN), the term for gadget addiction behavior is screen dependency disorder or SDD.
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The article cites a recent study that found 30 percent of children under the age of six months had been exposed to gadgets regularly with an average of 60 minutes per day.
At the age of two, nine out of ten children have higher exposure to gadgets which have the potential to cause them to develop SDD. The potential for gadgets to damage a child's brain can be higher if the child is exposed to gadgets from an early age.
Some of the signs that a child has SDD that parents need to watch out for include:
- Children who are busy with gadgets become aggressive or grumpy if they don't hold the gadget
- Children have tantrums when gadgets are taken from them
- Children refuse to stop playing with gadgets even though their parents have asked them to stop holding gadgets
- Not interested in playing outdoors or extra activities at school
- Keep playing gadgets even though you already know the negative effects
Maximizing every opportunity to be able to play with gadgets longer and tending to lie to parents, and Using gadgets to distract and ask for more time to hold the gadget.
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