All Gadgetry and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
Tiny tots hooked to Temple Run at an age where they are supposed to do some actual running is a common sight these days. When the news about a 4-year-old child getting treated for addiction to iPads was reported in UK, it came as a wake-up call about the unintended impact of modern gadgets.
Psychologists here say we are fast-catching up with the West. They say of late they are receiving a considerable number of cases where parents complain about their children’s craving for smartphones and tabs. Each minute a child plays with his virtual companions rather than human ones implies that he is losing some time from flesh-and-blood interaction.
psychologists say the bedrock of childhood development is developing social and interpersonal skills that come through interaction with adults and other children. The direct impact of gadgets is that children are spending lesser time interacting with other children. “One of the most visible effects is the reduced level of interaction by children with others of the same age.
I have seen children carrying tabs or smartphones and staying engrossed in them even while going on a tour. The children get a feeling that they will be left behind by their peers if they don’t use gadgets,” says psychiatrist Dr Anand Pratap.
Putting the child in a play school or forming a play group with other children in the neighbourhood will give more time for human interaction and play .Parents must spend more quality time with children. The child should be taken along even if parents go to a shop.
A child must spend five minutes on human interaction for every one minute spent on using gadgets or watching television
Children must be given toys of varying types and sizes. The toys must conform to safety norms and be appropriate for that age.