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Should I leave my son's tablet?


Should I leave my son's tablet?

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July 4, 2015

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This week we knew a somewhat surprising news, the Taiwanese Government had passed a law whereby children under 2 years of age are prohibited from using iPads and other similar devices and all those under the age of 18 are required to make proper use thereof not exceeding a prudent time of use. This has made us ask ourselves a question that will surely have crossed the minds of the vast majority of parents, Should I leave my son's tablet? How old is the recommended one? How long is a prudential time?

The truth is that this issue is a very subjective issue and depends largely on the knowledge and decision that each family makes regarding the education of their children. There is no established general rule that works for all cases at 100% and may vary depending on the child in question. Those that Taiwan has done, establishing itself as a “babysitter” state does not seem the best solution since in addition to being a very difficult measure to legislate, it meddles in the work of those who must have the last word: parents.

As it is also true that there are several organizations that provide guidance for the most appropriate procedures so that the development of the smallest of the house is optimal. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics) is one of them and the law that has been imposed in Taiwan is based largely on its guidelines. As they say, not only should children under two years of age be prevented from using tablets and the like, but also other entertainment media such as television.

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<p>The <strong>National Library of Medicine</strong>, an organization that is part of the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States have also indicated in reference to this issue that <em>"Despite what the ads say, videos that target very young children do not improve their development"</em>. Another study, also developed in the United States, has established that <strong>Children usually spend between five and seven hours a day stuck to a screen</strong>, a figure much higher than the recommendations of the AAP and that is equivalent to approximately one whole year of its short life. In Australia, they have found that <strong>Eight out of ten young people around the age of 16 exceed what would be an appropriate time of use.</strong></p><div class='code-block code-block-6' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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This results according to some researchers, a series of associated problems such as incomplete development and an increased risk of suffering in the long run lack of attention, anxiety or depression, as well as misconduct, obesity, insomnia, among others. As they explain, parents make “deaf ears” to these notices since the use of tablets and the like gives them an immediate benefit either in education or as a way to entertain children.

Returning to the question we asked ourselves in the headline: should I leave my son's tablet? It is something that is in your hand but it must take into account the recommendations of the experts. Limit the time of use and when the space where it is used to a place in the house where parents can be aware of it and control what it does are a little older, are usually practices that reduce the negative impact that they can generate without losing everything good that technology brings to their future.

Another practice that is recommended is that the time of use of technological devices by children is shared with parents. Not forgetting that the benefits will always be greater if the device and software used are suitable for these ages, which is why we carry out a complete guide on tablets and children that you can consult in case of doubt.

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