Harmful effects of technology on Kids. What can you do about it?

Harmful effects of technology on Kids. What can you do about it?

  • Captain Surinder
  • 2018-12-16



As a parent, we are always thinking to get the best for our children, in terms of schooling, good food, books for learning and so much more. Yet with our urban living, we tend to overlook the amount of time our kids spend on a smartphone or Ipad or with a PS3/XBOX.  There are so many negative effects of technology on society and especially children

It starts with allowing them to watch some random videos on 'Youtube' or play some game, just so that they are kept occupied and we get some me time.  What we don't realize that we end up doing so much harm in their normal development, which hampers their mental and physical health at the same time.  Studies are being conducted that the current generation will probably have more psychiatric issues than what we ever heard off.

Some of the bad effects of technology on kids include:

  1. Attention deficit – Kids often have attention deficit, which leads to lower concentration and impacts academic and learning growth.
  2. Hampered or delayed physical growth – More of indoor and less physical activity, impacts the overall physical growth.
  3. Impaired Social skills – Often we find kids finding it hard to make friends or be comfortable in a social group, as they prefer solitude over spending time with others.
  4. Strain Eyes – Kids age 3 or 4 end of getting spectacles at such a tender age, due to prolonged viewing on small screens or television.
  5. Exposure to Radiation – All wireless gadgets emits radiation, which increases the chances of cancer and other health issues.
  6. Impaired Hearing – Kids often watch videos using headphones are high volume, which can harm the eardrums.

 

The problem is far serious than any of us can imagine.

I am sure after reading this you are wondering what can you do it keep them busy and yet away from all these gadgets. You are also concerned, what will it cost to accomplish something like that for your kid.

The older times were better, we didn't have gadgets, no pollution, all kids use to play outside without any sense of fear of traffic, security or pollution. Today’s world does require us to do a lot more than what our parents or elder’s had to do in terms of accomplishing all that normal learning & growth for children.

Lets explore what can you do.

1.     Dance Classes

You can find some good classical folk Dance teacher or a Bollywood dance class in your colony and get your kids enrolled there. This will help them build a newer circle of friends besides learning an art which will not only help improve motor schools, and overall confidence. While improving their social adaptability.

Monthly Fee – Ranging from INR 1500 to INR 2500

Time commitment – 3 Classes of 1 hour each per week (3 hrs per week)

 

2.     Martial Arts

Martial arts is not all about hitting someone, rather building strength to defend oneself.  This physical activity helps in overall physical growth and improves muscle and bone strength. Search for Martial arts classes like Karate, Taekwondo, Wrestling etc and get them enrolled. You will be amazed, as to how much your kids can do out there

Monthly Fee – Ranging from INR 1000 to INR 2500

Time commitment – 4-5 Classes of 1 hour each per week (4 hrs per week)

 

3.     Calligraphy

Let's check that handwriting, these kids mostly spend time swiping things on smartphones. Thus, most of them have bad handwriting or complain of pain in hands after barely writing for few minutes. Good handwriting goes a long way. Often kids with good handwriting also are associated with getting better marks in written exams. So you should get them, tutors of Calligraphy and find overall academic improvement.

Monthly Fee – Ranging from INR 1000 to INR 2500

Time commitment – 2-3 Classes of 1 hour each per week (2 hrs per week)

 

4.     Music

Explore the hidden talent of your kids. It if always proud moment for parents when they see their kids performing on stage playing any instrument, creating symphony or singing and gaining appreciation from all the audience. One can learn Guitar, Drums, Sitar, etc

Monthly Fee – Ranging from INR 1500 to INR 2500

Time commitment – 2-3 Classes of 1 hour each per week (2 hrs per week)

 

5.     Sports

If you have any sports center near your home, please do get them enrolled there. Sports will not only help them, have a healthy body and mind. It will strengthen their body and who knows we may have the next Saina Nehwal in badminton or, Mahendra Singh Dhoni in cricket or Mari Kom of boxing.

Monthly Fee – Ranging from INR 4000 to INR 6000

Time commitment – 4-5 Classes of 1-2 hour each per week (10 hrs per week)

 

6.      Chess

Learning Chess has benefits in improving memory, increase IQ, exercises the brain and increases creativity in the kids. A good number of schools also recognize the benefits of Chess to have included it as an extra-curricular activity. You can get a Chess tutor for your kids to spend 1-2 hours a week

Monthly Fee – Ranging from INR 15000 to INR 2000

Time commitment – 2-3 Classes of 1-2 hour each per week (6 hrs per week)

 

 

Each kid is unique and there can be a million things they can learn like gardening, robotics, puzzles, etc. The best learning will always come from you spending as much time with them, rather than spending it on FB, Tw or Youtube.

From an outside world, if you decide, you can get your kids enrolled in 2-3 different learning classes in a month. With Total costs around INR 5000 and you can be sure of your kid is kept away from these gadgets.



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