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Kids With Smartphones-Might Be The Cause Of Depression And Anxiety In Kids!

by | December 2, 2018

If you always find your kids with smartphones, you may need to be on alert. A new study claims children who are allowed to spend a considerable time over mobile phones are more prone to develop depression, anxiety and other mental health problems!

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Well looks like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were right on limiting screen time for their children. A recent study has highlighted the dangers of leaving kids with smartphones for too long. The study claims that kids as young as 2 year old are prone to developing mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

Dangers of Leaving Kids with Smartphones

Researches conducted at University of Georgia and San Diego State University simultaneously warns about the harmful effects of smartphones on young minds. According to the report published in Daily Mail, not only teenagers but kids below the age of ten are at high risk of developing emotional and mental disorders if left with mobile phones for as less than two hours daily. 

Researchers Keith Campbell and Jean Twenge have been quoted as saying, 
“Half of mental health problems develop by adolescence. There is a need to identify factors linked to mental health issues that are [able to be changed] in this population, as most are difficult or impossible to influence. How children and adolescents spend their leisure time is [easier] to change”. 

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Professor Twenge advises parents to limit the screen time to one hour a day to prevent kids from feeling anxious or emotionally unstable. The report was published after a thorough research and analysis of the data accumulated in the nationwide health survey (2016). Parents of more than forty thousand US children, all aged between 2 to 17, were consulted for the survey. The results seem to be alarming enough.

Previously this year, the International Classification of Diseases by World Health Organization included gaming disorders in the list in the 11th revision. Rampant overuse of smartphones and online gaming is posing great risks to young children in direct as well indirect ways, including the increased likelihood of falling victim to cyber bullying, addiction and insomnia. 

Looks like its time to limit the time we leave our kids with smartphones. The risks are just not worth it. 

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