“Kids under 6 spending up to 21 hours per week on their smartphones”
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“While the majority of parents in our study said 11 was the acceptable’ age for children to have their own phones, we saw that 25 per cent of children aged six and under actually already owned one,” one of the researchers, Liam Howley was quoted as saying.
“The age at which children get their first phones, has got even younger, and while many agree that there’s no defined age to give a child a phone, there’s a lot parents can do to ensure their child’s day-to-day life isn’t consumed by one,” Howley added. Researchers found that 8 in 10 parents don’t limit the amount of time children spend on their phones. This can lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and even loneliness. Despite the fact that researchers found UK parents feel that age 11 is the “perfect” age for children to have an internet connected phone. There are still a high majority of younger kids using smartphones.
Screen Time and Mental Health
Recent studies in the USA have found that the more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and attempt suicide.”Screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide,” said Thomas Joiner, Professor at Florida State University in the US. Let’s not wait for this to happen with our children. Government will always have discussions about the best possible path to resolve this issue and there will always be expert opinions from various fields on how parents should manage their childrens’ online experience. What parents must realise now though is that they must take control of the online concerns in their own home.
Since 2012, suicide rates have increased significantly in young kids aged between 10 – 14 in the USA. This is in direct correlation with an influx of smart phones and devices in the hands of young people.
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