“71 million children aged between 5-11 years in India access the Internet on devices of their family members” (IAMAI report)
Too busy to spend quality time with children?
According to First Cry Parenting, “Avoid giving cell phones to children under the age of 16“. The article shares 8 harmful effects of Smartphones on children.
How does play-based learning help?
Parents are squeezing the role of play out of their children’s lives in favour of the three ‘R’s as they try to prepare their offspring for a competitive world, according to the head of Lego’s education charity arm. A lack of understanding of the value of play is prompting parents and schools alike to reduce it as a priority, says Hanne Rasmussen, head of the Lego Foundation. If parents and governments push children towards numeracy and literacy earlier and earlier, it means they miss out on the early play-based learning that helps to develop creativity, problem-solving and empathy, she says.Guardian article
I don’t believe that parents are trying to teach the children through these devices. I think they are mostly trying to get the child to shut up. I have seen way too many children being distracted by parents using the mobile to either get the child to shut up or eat food. This is evident while travelling in buses or trains or airports.
If children aren’t allowed to be free, we will have a generation conditioned by mental disorders that will get too hard to contain. We are already seeing an increased number of suicides and mental health issues in children and teens world over. It’s each ones responsibility to take care of their own health. Train them young and they will grow to be a blessing. Spoil them and reap what you sow.
The lockdown is making it difficult for parents to refuse teenagers from using the internet. But, for 5-11 years, there is no such need to use the internet for school or learning. About time parents got serious about their role in transforming a child’s future for the better.