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Gerard Moore 07 / March / 21

Common myths about the harm of tablets for children

A tablet harmful or useful for a child
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There is no clear answer to the question of whether a tablet is harmful or useful for a child. Pediatricians distinguish four advantages of gadgets:

The advantages are obvious. However, pediatricians around the world are also voicing the possible harm that regular use of devices can bring to the younger generation. Of the minuses.

According to research, children who spend a lot of time in front of the screen are less able to absorb and analyze information from the outside world.

Fine motor skills of fingers develop less actively.

If the tablet is given to a child to calm him down, then in the future the baby will not be able to learn to cope with their emotions, but will only want to be distracted from them.

Communication skills with people in the outside world are declining.

It becomes more interesting for a child to play with an electronic game than with peers and their toys.

The world community of pediatricians insists that time for gadgets in children should be under the supervision of parents. And also had a clearly defined time frame and was supplemented by other activities and hobbies. Parents are able to minimize the harm of the tablet to the child, if they will give the device for developmental activities, rather than replacing the outside world and real communication.


Common myths about the harm of tablets for children

Society likes to impose myths on parents about the harm to children of certain activities. Below we will consider the myths about the harm of tablets, which are more common than others.


  1. The time spent in front of the tablet display should not exceed 2 hours per day

    This rule was applied to children of the 90s, when of the possible screens in front of the child was only a TV. In the age of electronics, not many people will be able to protect their children from screens. The Association of Pediatricians has promised to consider this issue and announce a new allowable time in front of the gadget screen by the end of the year. Parents are confident that this time will be increased.

  2. Communicating on the Internet, the child will lose communication skills in real life
    This theory is greatly exaggerated, because if children are actively communicating in the garden, school, in the sections, then no communication disorders threaten them.

  3. The baby will spoil the eyes
    The most common myth, which has long been refuted. The maximum damage after a long time spent in front of the screen is a "dry eye" syndrome. When the mucous membrane of the eye dries out and there is discomfort: itching, tearing, fatigue. However, to do this, the child must spend in front of the gadget all day for weeks.

  4. "Sitting in a tablet" is addictive
    This myth is also too inflated. The child spends a long time with gadgets most likely out of boredom, and if you capture her interesting activity, she will quickly switch.


In order for the time spent with the tablet to benefit the child, parents should set the framework and rules for using gadgets. Developmental programs and games with breaks for other activities or active activities will only benefit the child. As with any issue of harmonious development of children, a sensible approach is important. 


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