Giving Your Child a Smartphone is Like Giving Them a Gram of Cocaine, Says Top Addiction Expert

You should avoid giving smart phones and tablets to children according to top addiction expert. It can be dangerous like alcohol and drugs to children and teenagers. So, parents should avoid this happening.

It will be harmless for your children to chat with their friends on social media apps, but it sure can be an addiction.

Communication watchdog Ofcom reveals that more than four out of ten parents of 12-15-year-olds find it hard to control the time they spent on screen.

According to the experts, the sexting which means the practice of sharing semi-naked, naked and sexual-themed images of children over the internet is becoming a norm for 13 years old. It’s the most frighteningly static found recently.

On 6 June at Highgate Junior School in London, according to the Independent, Harley Street rehab clinic specialist Mandy Saligari told the Developing Teenager conference, “I always say to people, when you’re giving your kid a tablet or a phone, you’re really giving them a bottle of wine or a gram of coke,”.

“Are you really going to leave them to knock the whole thing out on their own behind closed doors? Why do we pay so much less attention to those things than we do to drugs and alcohol when they work on the same brain impulses?”

An expert in addiction, parenting and relationships, Saligari says that two-thirds of her patients are 16-20 years old who are seeking treatments for addiction to digital technology. There are also 13-14-year-old girls who routinely send a naked picture of themselves to people from their mobile phones and consider it as a normal behavior. They currently cover up the remaining third of her patients.

Saligari says, “If children are taught self-respect they are less likely to exploit themselves in that way. It’s an issue of self-respect and it’s an issue of identity.”

Stressed out parents is the reason for this serious issue. They give their children tablets and smartphones to amuse themselves with. But in the previous generation, children would have given toys to amuse with.

This has led to three and four-year-olds in the UK typically consuming 6.5 hours of internet time on average per week as for Ofcom.

It was said that the parents should make strict sleep times for children in a conference by the educational and psychological experts. So that, the children cannot use the mobile devices as they want.

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