Unhealthy cell phone use: More than 70 percent of young children paddle too much

Seven out of ten young children use their cell phones too much
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. And even the majority of small children are too much on their cell phones, experts warn.

Adolescents spend far too much time on their smartphones
The digital media consumption of adolescents has increased significantly in recent years. This also has health implications. Scientific studies show that Samrtphones can put children and adolescents under constant stress and reduce sleep quality. It is particularly worrying that even small children spend far too much time on their cell phones.

Mobile phone use already in the crèche and kindergarten age
According to doctors, seven out of ten children use their parents' cell phones for more than half an hour a day, reports the dpa news agency.

This has been the result of a study in pediatric practices on media consumption among one to six year olds that has been running since last year, as the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ) announced on Friday at the start of a congress in Weimar.

According to the data, the results of more than 3,000 screening tests for children and surveys of parents have been evaluated for the survey so far.

Congress director Dr. According to dpa, Uwe Büsching explained that the cell phone "actually has no business with small children". Excessive media consumption could delay language development, among other things. In addition, it is known that there are connections with the development of an attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Even very young children need advice
The so-called BLIKK study (coping-learning-behavior-intelligence-diseases-children), in which, in addition to the medical association and its Child and Youth Foundation, the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln (RFH) and the University of Duisburg-Essen are involved, examines children in the Age from one month to 14 years dealing with digital media.

In a statement by Dr. According to Büsching, according to a cross-sectional study in approximately 6000 patients it was shown:

“Unregulated media use is increasingly found in preschool children with developmental deficits, especially those with language development disorders. Counseling for parents must therefore begin with very young children. "

The expert continues: Parents have been role models from an early age. Rules must be agreed in writing before purchasing digital media. Rules apply to all family members without exception. (ad)

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