According to a study conducted by ‘Michigan Medicine,’ it is pretty clear that just handing your children a phone. At the same time, they are sad or going through an emotionally distressing situation so that their parents can rest for a while is not a one-stop solution to their problem.
The study results also clearly proved that there would be severe adverse effects that can happen to a child who is constantly using a phone to control their emotions. It mainly targets children between three and five, which is when a child’s mind grows the most as they learn new things.
The reports published by the study of ‘Michigan Medical’ states that regularly giving one’s child a phone to distract them from their distress and simultaneously avoid parental responsibilities is a terrible idea.
In the long run, the child will grow up to lack most of the coping mechanisms and have an impaired ability to regulate their emotions due to being regularly dependent on phones and other digital media.
The Way To Behavioural Problems
It is a serious matter to be taken into notice by most parents as handing out phones to their children is quite common nowadays. Still, it will have a long and lasting effect on the life of their children.
The study also states that, as such children grow up, they will face several behavioral problems, including emotional dysregulation, lack of patience, and sudden mood swings. It also concludes that the effects of such a practice will be more easily visible in boys than girls as they are the most active during the age of three to five and have the most growth in mental abilities.
Boys are also prone to reacting to a situation more strongly and vividly than a girl child is. As a result, handing out a phone to them during emotional distress rather than taking care of the child will make them more emotionally dependent and hence vulnerable in the future.
What Are The Official Results Of The Study By Michigan Medicine?
According to the final reports of the study conducted by ‘Michigan Medicine,’ simply handing out the phone to one’s child when they are going through an emotionally distressing situation or crying is very dangerous for the child in the long term.
The practice can lead to severe mood swings, lack of patients, emotional dysregulation, and, finally, can cause several mental health problems for the child as they age.
It will also make the child more dependent on these digital devices over time as not only a mode of entertainment but also as a way to regulate their emotions, thus, over time, becoming something similar to an addiction to mobile phones.
According to a speech given by Dr. Jenny Radesky who is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at the University of Michigan, stated that even though the mobile might seem harmless enough to be handed out to a child while they are crying or facing a difficult situation but in the long run, it is only going to hamper the child’s ability to act correctly in certain situations.
Dr. Jenny also stated that even though there are harmful effects on the child from just handing out phones to them, it can be practiced but must not become the go-to solution for managing a child who is going through emotional distress.
What Are The Other Ways To Manage A Child?
As per Dr. Jenny Radesky, parents must try new methods to help their children cope with several emotionally distressing situations. She also suggested several ways to help the child, some of which include,
- Giving a hug to the child when they are distressed.
- Playing and talking with the child to calm them when they cry.
- Showing the child a specific color card when facing distress due to a particular reason. The parents can assign colors to the emotions their child faces by using a color card.
The last point made by Dr. Jenny is a constructive way to allow the child to control their emotions and, at the same time, help them understand the vast concept of human emotion.