Udayavni Special

What must be done to avoid ‘screen addiction’ in children using electronic devices for online classes?


Team Udayavani, Oct 16, 2020, 2:13 PM IST

As COVID-19-induced lockdowns made mobile electronic devices essential for children’s online classes, parents are concerned that excessive use of mobile devices might lead to addition to them.

What precautions should parents take to avoid addiction?

Dr Preeti Shanbag, a psychiatrist at Mangaluru explains:

– Usually, children have offline classwork along with online classes. Parents must, along with their children, schedule for them screentime and non-screentime. Children should go online only when their teachers are online. The offline schedule must be clear on spending time for doing homework.

– In case if there are two or more children and multiple devices at home for them, and if not all the children have online classes at the same time, then only those having an active online class must be using a device. Keep other devices offline and out of reach.

– Parents, while they are at home with their children, should play indoor games with and develop hobbies in the children.

– If children are using devices at other times than their online classes, then parents or other household members at home should monitor them. Make sure that the monition does not look as if the child is being suspected.

“Children using mobile devices is nothing new. However, earlier they would get to use the devices only after they come home from school. The present need for online classes has made children be attached to their mobile devices, and if both parents are working then it is difficult for them to focus on their children. Mobile devices use can be addictive. However, it is not impossible for parents to draw their children’s attention away from the devices and engage them in other playful activities.”

– Dr Preeti Shanbag

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Fmr Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis tests positive for COVID-19

K’taka COVID-19 update: 4471 new cases, 7153 discharges, 52 deaths on Oct 23

Indian boy in Dubai designs easy solution to hang heavy objects from the wall without drilling holes

We are not anti-national but anti-BJP: Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah named chairman of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar declaration

Rishi Sunak ‘barred for life’ from UK pub

Maha BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis tests COVID-19 positive



Related Articles More

Remdesivir becomes first drug to be fully approved for COVID-19 by US: All you need to know

Scientists accidentally discover new organ in human throat

IIT Kharagpur unveils its Covid-19 test COVIRAP: All you need to know

Half of working adults worried about jobs, 2/3rd expect employers to help them retrain: WEF

Almost 5 lakh newborns killed due to air pollution in 2019

MUST WATCH

Viral Video: Man Seen Swimming through flooded streets

Fate of helpless funfair workers stranded in Mangalore

Story behind Vijayadashami celebration | Udayavani

Abandoned stray animals and their Messiah, Rajani Shetty

The Sharada statue embodied in the artist’s finesse | Navaratri Special

Latest Additions

Fmr Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis tests positive for COVID-19

Palghar lynching case: 38 held, remanded in judicial custody

ICICI Bank shuts down operations in Sri Lanka

K’taka COVID-19 update: 4471 new cases, 7153 discharges, 52 deaths on Oct 23

53rd anniversary of Dr Heggade’s coronation celebrated at Dharmasthala

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.