Vox popli: The fatality of Smart Screens
There have been extensive researches to find out the cell phone radiation effects on people, particularly children who are still in a stage where their body is undergoing changes and growth. The findings have been shocking as the effects of mobile radiation on children could be different from those on adults and have shown a higher chance of developing non-malignant tumours, especially in the regions of the ear and the brain.
The bones, tissues, and protective linings for organs such as the brain, are yet very thin in the kids. Hence, these organs end up absorbing beyond 60% radiation that is emitted from the mobile phones. The radiation can have strange effects in the human body, sometimes directly affecting the nervous system, too. This has been classified by the World Health Organization as a “possible carcinogen” and carries a potential risk of cancer apart from other health issues including Disturbed Brain Activity and a wide range of social disorders.
However, in contemporary times, kids have grown up with a vast array of electronic devices at their fingerprints. They can’t imagine life without smart phones, tablets and internet. With digital devices, kids can have endless entertainment but excessive use of such devices at such tender age is harmful in every aspect.
It’s no longer controversial to debate that use of screens at early age is not having negative impacts on kids. Some of the negative consequences are obesity, vision problem, loss of social skills, aches and pains in body parts and aggression.
Strong Research has been coming out from past several years all over the globe, suggesting that looking at screens have some serious health and mental consequences. Even some of the developers of such devices have admitted guilt about their creation and have confessed in public that they will not even allow their kids to use such gadgets.
One of the very recent research study found that brain chemistry of kids who fall into the category of excessive users of smart phones and internet was different from that of non-addicted kids. Research shows that it is no less than the use of drugs as both have life threatening consequences.
Dr Majid, Physiatrist in Health services Kashmir
The excessive use of screens and its negative effects is a new phenomenon and not enough research has been done on it all over the world. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested parents not to allow use of screens for the kids up to the age of four.
Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Chairman, Modern Computer Institute, Pulwama
My child is highly addicted to use of smart phones and he is very weak and I suspect him of having retarded growth, unable to play and also loss of appetite. It is we parents who are responsible for such problems and individually every parent must stop giving smart phone or devices like such to kids.
Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat, owner of Bassarat eye clinic near district hospital Pulwama
During past few years, 90% cases of children have refractive error due to excessive use of smart screens. The parents now even take spectacles for their kids as a precautionary measure to save their eyes from harmful lights.
Javed Sofi, Journalist from Pulwama
Unguided browsing disconnects a child from his real environment and transports him into a virtual world where he gets lost in complexities which at first appear to him/her persuasively attractive but addictive usage leads to dysfunction and chaos. It has negative as well as positive aspects but necessarily under proper guidance of parents or teachers.
Tabina Javed, Upper kindergarten kid studying
I watch rhymes, cartoon shows, animated movies and play games on my father’s smart phone. I spend quite some time on phone even while taking meals.
Soleha Sabroo, Child Rights’ Protection Councillor with a local NGO
The technological revolution has driven a wedge among the children. Nowadays a child remains stuck to electronic gadgets like mobile phones than to mix up with other children. Keeping this in mind, we bring children together and make them play different sports of their interest at multiple locations. The gap between the children which is increasing day by day could be bridged only if parents allow their children to play together in their respective societies.