Digital dementia can significantly affect children and adults alike. A growing body of research suggests that smart phones are the main culprits for causing brain dementia . This article will seek to find the effect of smart phones on growing brains.
Understanding Digital Dimentia:
According to Dr. Manfred Spitzer, a neuroscientist and a psychiatrist “The 2-year-old who can nimbly use an iPad or kill gazillion monsters playing a video game isn't necessarily a genius. That child could be en route to trouble with memory and thinking, a condition Spitzer and others call “digital dementia.”
Various neuroscientists and researchers believe that digital dementia could be the cause of decreased scholastic performance in the younger generation. Video games and smart phones keep the left side of the brain active while the right side of the brain that is responsible for focus and memory is left unattented. Researchers believe that smart phones and video games are the reason why children find it hard to remember stuff.
According to Byun Gi-won, a senior doctor at the Balance Brain Centre in Seoul, “over-use of smartphones and game devices hampers the balanced development of the brain. Heavy users are likely to develop the left side of their brains, leaving the right side untapped or underdeveloped.”
When younger children are exposed to smart phone games and other screen based devices, some of their cognitive functions come to a halt.
In a nutshell, digital dementia can:
- Hinder the cognitive development
- Affect the physiological development
- Cause behavioral problems that stem from mind fatigue
How can I Help My Child?
The obsession of video games has increased to devastating levels, which can be hard to control. Here are some of the tips that can help parents keep their children safe from the harms of smart phones and other digital devices.
- Make sure that your preschoolers have the least amount of screen time that includes video games, television, tablets and smart phones. Some researchers recommend that children under 2 should not even be exposed to any kind of screen activity.
- Allot specific hours of screen time for your teenagers. Make sure that spend ample amount of time outside playing with the school playground equipment or any other kind of play structures.
- Limit the use of gaming devices to a few hours for high schoolers.
- Avoid placing a television in your childrens bedroom, and do not give your child his first tablet until he is 18. Many parents hand their child their first tablet at the age of 5, which is an extremely dangerous practice.
- Live by the rule: “No TV during meals.”
- Encourage active play that should include both structured and unstructured activities. Outdoor playground equipment is the best form of structured play.