Benefits Of Handheld Technology

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Parents from all over the world have at least one child who use a handheld device such as a iPod/ipad, smartphone, and tablet as a soothing solution. I remember when my eldest daughter “Chana” cried, the first solution that came to my mind was to give her my smartphone. Once it began playing "Twinkle Twinkle", or “Itsy Bitsy spider" she would stop crying. All parents want their child to be in a good mood and so they use the easiest method, but are parents attentive of the problems associated with too much screen time? Using handheld technology can be a savior at times and give us time to tend to other situations; however, parents should limit the amount of screen time that their child uses if they are under 12 years of age. Give the child something …show more content…
A pediatric occupational therapist named Cris Rowan said that "parents, teachers, and the government should ban the use of handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years" (Rowan).
Having a child throw fits in public can be so tiring and annoying and the only solution that works best at that moment may be to give them a little screen time, but this can also become a habit for your child. The child may become addicted and lose interest in other activities. I have witnessed my nephew become sleep deprived because of his constant use of technology. The first thing he does when he comes to my house is turn on the PS4, then he goes on YouTube to watch videos of other people playing games. When I do get him to play outside, he does not even last 10 minutes. By the time I know it, he is already back inside interacting with the PS4 instead of enjoying outdoor activities. When he would sleep over, he wakes up at 3 or 4 a.m. in the morning just to do his usual routine with the PS4. This became worrisome, so I interviewed his mother about his behavior and she said, "I know exactly what you are talking about. Zay Zay does this at home too, he would wake up very early and he

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