A top addiction expert is currently warning all the parents to avoid giving their children smartphones or tablets. This is because the social media applications can be just as dangerously addictive as drugs and alcohol to children and even on teenagers.
Despite spending time messaging friends on applications like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr seem harmless for your child, this can become an addiction.
According to most current statistics from communications watchdog Ofcom, more than four out of 10 parents of 12-15-year-olds discover it hard to control how much screen time their children get. Terrifyingly, experts stated that sexting – the practice of sharing semi-naked, naked and sexual-themed photos of themselves over the internet – is now becoming a custom for 13-year-olds.
“I always say to people, when you’re giving your kid a tablet or a phone, you’re really giving them a bottle of wine or a gram of coke,” Harley Street rehab clinic specialist Mandy Saligari stated during the Developing Teenager conference which was held on 6 June at Highgate Junior School in London.
“Are you really going to leave them to knock the whole thing out on their own behind closed doors? Why do we pay so much less attention to those things than we do to drugs and alcohol when they work on the same brain impulses?”
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Saligari, who is an expert in addiction, parenting, and relationships, stated that there has been a sharp rise in 16-20-year-olds looking for cure and treatment for addiction to digital technology. At present, they make up two-thirds of her patients, while the remaining third contains 13-14-year-old girls who regularly send naked photos of themselves to people on their smartphones and consider this to be totally normal behavior.
“If children are taught self-respect they are less likely to exploit themselves in that way,” Saligari stated. “It’s an issue of self-respect and it’s an issue of identity.”
A part of the reason for this inclination comes from the fact that stressed parents are expected to offer their children tablets and smartphones to distract them with. In the previous generations, children would have been offered toys or positioned before the television.
According to Ofcom, this has directed to three and four-year-olds in the UK normally devoting 6.5 hours of internet time on average each week.
The educational and psychological specialists at the conference also stated that parents have to step up and make stern sleep times a priority for children and adolescents. Also, both parents and schools have to impose set periods of time in the day whereby the children cannot use smartphones or tablets.
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Based on materials from Demic