Anywhere we go Restaurants, Beaches, Doctor's clinic, Park, Play ground, wedding halls, party anywhere and everywhere, I see small kids with "Mobile Phone". Either playing games or watching cartoon or whatever. What is wrong with this generation? What are the parents doing?
Why should we say no to mobile?
Well there are list of negative impacts on the kids; and list is long.. 1. Blurred vision 2. Brain cancer risk 3. Sleeping disorders 4. Distracted all the time 5. Does not enjoy the family time 6. Laziness and the list just goes on.
Recently our paediatrician was asking "How much screen time Am I giving?" I was zapped. I replied him 0. Yes, babies of 1 to 2 years does not need any screen time, We don't give our mobile phones or let her watch TV. This doesn't mean our daughter is not curious.. She is. She does take our mobile but looks at us and keeps it back. At times we connect rhymes to the speaker and let her listen.
I would not blame the child for this worst habit, few of my friends tried doing justification on this " We need some mental peace, When we go out and eat, mobile phones keeps them busy and we at peace". But is not going out should be a family time? Can't our kids take part in our conversation? Can't we just ask them to speak?
Few parents and grandparents are proud that their kids can operate mobile phones like pro. Well is it something to be proud of? No. . We also have kids who will eat only if they are allowed watch videos. This is called high level distracted feeding, these kids doesn't know what they are eating and parents only bothered that the kids eat something. This is the worst addiction, tomorrow these kids will not have control over the food, then follows the obesity, couch potato, diabetes at young age so on and so forth.
How to stop this Mobile Mania?
By going "cold turkey", stop it abruptly. There is no slowing down here. Give your time for them, keep your mobile inside your hand bag. Play with them, eat with them, talk to them, appreciate them. It will all take lot of time but you need to be persistent. For the kids who eat only when the mobile phone is given, start telling them stories.. If you do not remember anything call your parents and ask or imagine on your own and say. Slowly stop the stories also ( This is also distracted feeding, not good in long run) switch the conversation to the food. Talk about the goodness of the vegetables, dals etc from where its coming from, the colour and beauty of the vegetables and so on.
Mobile phones are doing lot of harm to the elders as well as kids. We all started using mobile phones only after we turned 20 and we have insomnia, finger pain, headache, blurred vision if our kids are going to use from 2 yrs what will happen to them? Can you imagine?
Mobile phones are not meant for kids, Period.