Cellphones have become an extended part of our bodies in recent years. The ability to be connected and constantly updated has been capturing more and more of our attention.
But when it leads to distracted parenting, studies have shown this can hurt the development of infants and young children, especially regarding their ability to process pleasure or happiness.
Distracted Parents Affect Development of Babies
Babies need reliable and consistent attention from their parental figures in order to form proper emotional bonds and processes. The best way to do this is create a routine. If food is delivered, a toy appears, or they’re rocked to sleep at the same time every day, this helps them develop healthy, cognitive functions. If a parent becomes distracted by a call, email or text message, or something on social media, and turns to the cellphone instead, the pattern can be broken.
How Cellphones Hurt Kids Directly
In recent years, the impact of cellphone radiation on our bodies has been a topic of concern. Debate was stirred about the effects of cellphone radiation and its potential repercussions on brain activity. While there is still not enough evidence to put the debate to rest, today an estimated 31 million kids are actively using their cellphones for about 4 hours a day. Even when they’re not actively using it, they’ll likely have it close to their bodies, in a pocket or backpack. That’s a lot of exposure to microwave radiation.
A recent study showed that a two-minute phone call can alter the activity of a child’s brain for up to an hour. The radio waves from mobile phones can penetrate deep into the brain and affect its function, damaging a child’s ability to learn as well as lead to other health and behavioral problems. Some of the most common and noticeable effects can be seen in a child’s mood and ability to learn in the classroom. This becomes even more prominent if they have used the phone during recess.
Academics and Behavior
Children and teens have become addicted to mobile phones. From social media and text messaging, to playing games, watching videos, and talking to their friends, kids spend hours on their mobile phone every day. Some students even bring their phones to school. This can create a distraction and affect attention and memory during class time. Missing lessons and being distracted from homework can cause kids to fall behind. And, because of the effects cellphones can have on moods as well as behavior, kids can start to act out in offensive and dangerous ways.
As a parent, you’ll always be concerned for your child’s safety and health. At Children’s Health Care, we’re here to assist with your child’s various health care needs. Call us today to set up a consultation at (978) 465-7121 or (978) 388-9880 (Newburyport, lower and upper levels) or (978) 373-6557 (Haverhill). We look forward to providing your child the healthiest childhood possible.