Digital Devices: Can They Affect Your Child’s Health?
Feb 17, 2017
I recently read a few articles that I thought would be of benefit, especially if you are a parent. The gist of these articles is that children who use cell phones, tablets, computers and laptops are being set up for health problems later in life.
Recent studies have demonstrated that children who spend hours upon hours using these devices are aging their eyes beyond their years. The reason for this is very simple. When using any of these devices there is a tendency to stare nonstop at the screen. Therefore, there is less blinking, causing the eye fluids to dry out. As a result, it is aging the eyes. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 now have the aged eyes of a 30 to 40-year old.
Other findings have determined that the use of desktop computers by children can lead to posture problems with relevant neck and back issues. Most desktop computers are configured to accommodate adults. But monitors and keyboards set at a comfortable height and distance for an adult can cause strain on a child’s physique.
Additionally, the blue light from these devices can interfere with REM sleep and should be avoided for 30 minutes before going to sleep.
The list of health concerns seems to be growing as we spend more time using these products. As a parent, you may want to supervise your child’s time spent using electronic devices. Try to limit their blind obedience or addiction to them. They can have unhealthy effects.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.