A subject that is very dear to me is how and when children begin to use electronics. I am a firm believer that a child should not have access to a cell phone, lap top, tablet or television during the first 5 years of their lives. I know, it sound like a long time, but it is worth the wait for the child. The first five years of a child's life are the informative years. It is during this time that time should be spent helping the child learn to live without electronics.
A recent article I read stated the following: "over the past 15 years, researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in kids' mental illness, which is now reaching epidemic proportions:
1. 1 in 5 children has mental health problems
2. 43% increase in ADHA
3. 37% increase in teen depression
4. 200% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old"
The articles goes on to say, "children need to spend time with their parents and not an electronic device. Children are being deprived of the fundamentals of a healthy childhood, such as emotionally available parents, clearly defined limits and guidance, responsibilities, balanced nutrition and adequate sleep, movement and out doors and creative play, social interaction, opportunities for unstructured times and boredom."
Will follow up laater.