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The Effects of "Digital Heroin" On Young Kids & How You Can Prevent It

The dangerous effects of digital screen addiction on young kids and why Sydney parents should start acting to prevent it.

Technology has vastly revolutionised how society and more importantly families engage and interact with each other. It’s no surprise that with the emergence of new technology, comes the online addiction faced by many kids, teenagers and young adults.

Experts are dubbing online screen addition as ‘digital heroin’. While the term does sound extreme, it is however justified.

A website title It’s Time To Log Off, listed studies conducted about the damaging results of excessive screen time usage. An important part of the study highlighted how excessive usage affected kids and teenagers.

A noteworthy study found that, “every hour that infants and toddlers aged between 6 and 36 months used touchscreen devices was linked to 15.6 minutes less sleep”

Another study showed that “New research being presented at the 2017 Paediatric Academic Societies Meeting finds that every additional 30 minutes of hand-held screen time is linked to a 49% increased risk of expressive speech delay in children under two years of age.”

While there’s no way of completely stopping the technology revolution, there are however ways to prevent and reduce the risks of your children been affected by digital addiction.

Simon Li, the co-founder of Little Jumpers Sydney, a kids party hire company has said “Working in the kids party hire industry has taught us a lot about children and their behaviour. In the past decade, we’ve seen a lot more electronics making their way into kids’ birthday parties. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however what we have noticed is that some kids are addicted to screen time and will often avoid or fail to engage with other kids completely.”

Mr Li continued by saying, “This becomes a potential long-term problem for addicted kids. As young kids continue to mature, they’re likely to become more and more distant from engaging and building quality social relationships. It’s important that parents are aware when their child is spending excessive amounts of online screen time. Always make sure your kids are actively engaging at social events and understand that there is a time for everything. Balance and moderation is the key to preventing online addiction.”

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