When technology takes a leap, the young generation born in its time inexorably makes it a part of their lives. And, addiction is its most inevitable outcome. Mobile phone is the latest example. Children are the worst hit and those who are so keen on playing games, chat or browse on mobile phones do not hesitate to grab their parents’ phones for the purpose.
It usually hampers their studies and becomes a reason for skirmishes between parents and kids at homes. The issue sometimes even gets out of control leading to serious psychological ramifications among kids.
When the parents forcefully take the mobile from the youngsters, the latter would create a ruckus and demand a new phone for their use. Parents are sometimes in a dilemma in deciding whether or not to buy a mobile for their kids.
Withdrawal syndrome related mobile phone is a new feature fast spreading across the world of late. It is similar to the seclusion shown by people since ancient times when affected by addiction. The symptoms of the mental illness include avoiding face-to-face interaction with people and limiting oneself to mobile phone. Apart from youngsters, adults too are victims of the malady.
To say the least, an own mobile for such youngsters is nothing but a recipe for disaster.
This makes it imperative for parents to set rules for smart phone use by their kids. A specific time can be fixed for giving the mobile to the children, with certain conditions, the main one being completion of all lessons at school itself.
Another wrong tendency of many parents is depending on the mobile to keep small children engaged. They believe that the mobile is the ideal toy to keep naughty kids calm. However, the parents do not realize that they are, in fact, introducing the kids to a harmful addiction. For the good of everyone, such a practice needs to be avoided. Instead, young ones should be given proper guidance on utilizing time effectively and fruitfully. Setting a fixed time for mobile use is a crucial step in this regard.
Mobile is not a plaything that helps you tide over boredom. When others comment that your kid is spending too much time on mobile phone, not interacting with youngsters of his or her age nor taking part in outdoor or indoor games, it is time for you to act.
The mobile phone addiction among children needs to be treated and parents suffering from the same condition should first overcome to set an example to their kids.