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Excessive smartphone use endangers children's health
The intensive use of digital media can have dramatic effects on children and adolescents. According to a new study, the risk of speech and concentration disorders increases significantly due to excessive smartphone use. The "Federal Commissioner for Drugs calls for the" health risks of digitization "to be taken seriously.
Effects on the health of our offspring
Digital media consumption by children and adolescents has increased significantly in recent years. This also has health implications. Scientific studies have shown that Samrtphones can put children and adolescents under constant stress and, among other things, reduce sleep quality. Canadian researchers also reported that early toddlers experience speech delays due to early smartphone use. A new study, which has now been presented by the Federal Drug Commissioner, also shows the effects that the phones can have on the health of our offspring.
More and more young people are dependent on the internet
For many people, smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of their everyday lives. For some, however, the use of such devices is excessive. More and more young people are particularly at risk of internet addiction.
"The number of internet-dependent adolescents and young adults is increasing rapidly - experts now assume that there are around 600,000 internet users and 2.5 million problematic users in Germany," said a press release from the federal government's drug commissioner, Marlene Mortler.
The politician presented the BLIKK media study (Coping-Learning-Behavior-Intelligence-Diseases-Children), in which the health risks of excessive media consumption for children are becoming increasingly clear.
Speech development disorders and motor hyperactivity
The study, for which almost 5,600 parents and their children were interviewed in Germany, showed, among other things, that 70 percent of children in daycare age use their parents' smartphones for more than half an hour a day.
The consequences of excessive media consumption range from feeding and falling asleep in babies to speech development disorders in toddlers to concentration problems in primary school.
In addition, in children up to the age of 6, motor hyperactivity is increasing among those who use the media intensively.
A smartphone can already be a problem for infants, because if the mother uses digital media while breastfeeding or taking care of the baby, there is measurable evidence of attachment disorders.
Take advantage of a global digital world
The federal government's drug commissioner, Marlene Mortler, said of the study results: “We have to take the health risks of digitization seriously! It is imperative to give parents guidance on media usage. ”
She said: “Young children don't need a smartphone. First of all, you have to learn to stand with both legs safely in real life. The bottom line is that it is high time for more digital care - through parents, through schools and educational institutions, but of course also through politics. ”
One of the study directors, Prof. Dr. Rainer Riedel from the Rheinische University of Applied Sciences in Cologne said: "Children and young people should learn to use the advantages of a global digital world without sacrificing everyday experiences with friends."
And Dr. med. Uwe Büsching, pediatrician and board member of the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ), explained: “With hasty prescription of ergo or speech therapy alone, dangers cannot be avoided. Especially when the behavior or the development is conspicuous, an inappropriate handling of parents and children with the media should always be considered. "
What is interesting in this context is what scientists from the United States recently reported. The researchers at Illinois State University found in a study that intensive smartphone use by parents can also have an impact on young people.
According to the experts, it can lead to social abnormalities in the children. (ad)