Children & Electronics
Managing children’s electronic addiction: How are electronics affecting your children’s lives?
For some children, the idea of spending time without an electronic device like a phone or a tablet is simply not an option. There are kids as young as three that throw temper tantrums when they can’t get access to their electronics or have consistent screen time.
Electronic addiction is something that can creep up over time and it’s fairly easy for kids to develop the chance for this addiction. Through heavy exposure to electronics and a rapid pace of media today, every moment that a child spends with electronic creates a wonderful feeling for them.
With video games and encouragement in the media especially, children have consistent triggers to give them a rush and to not put down electronic devices. Every point that is stored in a video game or even a like or shares on Facebook activates dopamine which can cause the same type of rush that an addict gets as they enjoy their drug of choice.
When kids get heavily exposed to this rush they often begin to crave it and the constant stimulation of electronic devices becomes more difficult for them to avoid. The way that kids are interacting with technology today now promotes more screen time than ever before.
It’s estimated that the average child between eight and 18 could spend more than seven hours a day on their mobile device accessing social media, browsing the web and playing games. Many of these kids could go without this screen time however as only 10% of the population playing video games and spending regular time on their devices is classified as addicted. Addiction electronics represents the pinnacle of negative effects on a child’s life. Kids have been recorded experiencing withdrawal symptoms, tantrums, and extreme irritability if they are forced to go without electronics.
A great way to manage a child electronic addiction is to limit time and set strict rules on the access of tech. When kids are limited to just a few hours of screen time every day or even strict browsing standards for school work and homework, they can often work at overcoming addiction and being at a far lesser risk for electronic addictive tendencies.