Parents are their children’s conscience and this is for a very good reason, because we are supposed to know better! However, if your tween or teenager sees you on your phone constantly, the example being set is not healthy. I am hoping children younger than this are not smart phone users or abusers!
Smart phones are not the problem, but people are lacking self-control. If parents set good habits now, their children may benefit enormously, beyond our understanding. In 10 years, so many people will be having therapy just because of addictive, smart phone overuse .
As parents, we know the issues phones can have on our lives and we owe it to our children and ultimately ourselves, to set strict and healthy boundaries. Some parents seem to think they have no control over their teenager’s phone use – really – so your kids can do drugs and have sex in your home whenever too? Smart phones have the potential to cause as much mental damage. Do not let your kids make you feel guilty; just set up a suitable timetable for the home use of smartphones and the positive, family results will be encouraging. It can be a rule like any other rule in your house. I believe, young adults, living in your home, also need to set a good example and respect the rules.
If our kids’ grades suffer, then they will have low self-esteem and poor opportunities; sleep is not a bonus, it is a biological must.
Schools who ban smart phones are loving the better grades on record. Many schools in England ban the use of mobile phones.
A study in Norway, in 2012, of 10,000 people aged 16 to 19, reported that using an electronic device in the hour before bedtime, badly affects both onset of sleep and its duration. The scary part is this study was in 2012 and smart phones are more interesting now!
The effect ranges from mental arousal to muscle pains, tension or headaches and all from playing on a phone too long before sleep. Televisions are known to be bad in the bedroom regarding sleep, so why have the phones crept in and taken over our lives?!