As a parent, you want the absolute best for your child, especially when they’re at a young and impressionable age. Whether it’s determining which shows and movies they should watch, whether they should be allowed to use tablets and smartphones, or determining at what age they should be allowed to create their own social media pages, being a child in 2021 is much different than it was when your parents were raising you.
As preschool teachers, we know that your child probably won’t be walking into the classroom with their own phone. However, you’d be surprised to learn just how many parents consider purchasing smartphones for their children as they move into grade school. We’ve had a number of enlightening discussions with parents about whether or not this is a good idea over the years, and today’s post will feature a few points of consideration you can make if you’re wondering whether or not a smartphone is the right decision for your family.
At Tiny Turtles Preschool of Jupiter, we partner with parents to provide a safe and enriching educational experience for every child who comes through our door. Give us a call or contact us through our website to schedule a tour of our preschool!
How Smartphones Can Affect Children
We’ll start with two positive ways in which a smartphone can affect children.
We live in a digitally oriented society that your child is going to have to engage with at some point in their developmental years. As they progress through school, much of your child’s education will likely be available online or digitized by default, and providing them with a mobile device can make it easier for them to learn how to find and access important information.
Independence and Access to Emergency Services
While every parent hopes that their child never has to call the police or other authorities, you simply can’t account for every unforeseen circumstance. If your child has a phone and understands how to call for help, they might just be able to save their life or someone else’s.
Did you know that heavy smartphone users check their phones approximately 150 to 200 times each day? Unfortunately, the data are all too clear regarding cell phone use and attention spans: the more your child uses a smartphone throughout the day, the more likely their attention span is going to be. If you’re going to give your child a smartphone, many mental health professionals and behavioral experts recommend setting firm time limits on the usage.
Cell phones provide children with access to a massive amount of information, entertainment, and opportunities to scroll through social media feeds when they have their own accounts. The effects of heavy social media and smartphone use are also clear, and the result is often a negative impact on children’s mental health. One study performed by the British Psychological Society found that among teens, the pressure to be available to their friends on social media caused anxiety, depression, and other negative mental health outcomes.
Aches and Pains
Smartphone use has been associated with negative physical effects caused by poor posture and unnatural ergonomics. This is particularly troubling for children, whose bodies are still growing and developing.
Our Jupiter Preschool Is Here for You and Your Child
These are just a few of the most important considerations you should make as you weigh when you should provide your child with a smartphone and how they’ll be allowed to use it.
Regardless of your decision, Tiny Turtles Preschool of Jupiter is here to provide your child with a fun and enriching educational experience that will set them up for success in the rest of their journey.
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