The use of mobile phones by kids has increased exponentially in the past few years. The excessive use of mobile phones affects children’s learning abilities, social development and behavior as well, all the specialist, teachers and parents agree on it.
According to study carried by Common Sense Media, 72% of children aged 8 and under have used a mobile device for some type of media activity such as playing games, watching videos, or using apps, up from 38% in 2011.
Whether it is your 6 years running fast on the temple walls or the elder one buying moves for sagas mobile phone games are addictive. Patrick Markey says, “If kids are whining about having to go outside instead of playing video games, or if they’re slacking off in school or can’t sit still in a restaurant without an ipad in front of them, there might be a problem.”
No matter how addicted a child is you can still get him on right track. Read the article to know how you can do it.
Make no-tech time and zone
Addiction can be break by making restrictions. Let your children clearly know that how much time they can play games, and where they cannot play games i.e., living room, dining table or car. When they are playing game let them know 10 minutes before the time ends. Make sure they listen to you; you may have to repeat yourself.
The restrictions you put on your children you must apply them on yourself or they won’t follow it. Don’t use your phone too much when kids are around. Use your mobile only for important calls.
Get rid of your addiction
There is no doubt about the addiction of mobile phone games a number of adults are trapped. If you are one of them, you will have to stop yourself first from playing games, especially when children are watching you. If you can’t do it, you shouldn’t expect it from your children.
Be what you want your children to be
Parents should set examples for kids to follow. Be someone you want your kids to be, they learn from you so be a good teacher. Don’t use phone for long hours.
Limit alone time
Mobile phone gaming is not safe from any perspective, you might not know when you kid get distracted, watch your kid’s activities don’t let him play alone on internet.
If you are too troubled or they don’t listen to you anymore, set password on mobile devices and let your kids use them only for acceptable time duration.
“This is why passwords are wonderful.” –Markey
You as parent should know your duties and authority; you should take control of your family and kids. Make rules and make kids follow them, do love them but never compromise on rules. “You’re the boss, you just take it away.” –Steiner-Adair
Create alternative activities more fun
Mobile phone games are addictive, that is why you kids feel more involved, to change that you can do several alternatives, the best is get involved with your kids, give them your time and attention. Play with them outside and inside the home but not the mobile or any other tech games.
Reminder: Don’t just love your kids, SHOW IT.