As a parent are you concerned about the decreasing concentration, attention memory, sleep and appetite of your child.
As an adolescent are you putting all your efforts in and still not able to score as earlier.
The cause might be lying just next to you..
Can it be that your concentration being taken away by some Invisible enemy.
"Gadgets or Online World"- (mobiles, facebook, BBM, twitter,etc) have today become the single most activity that most youngsters are involved in.
Unfortunately, once an individual (irrespective of age) spends more than a few hours of his productive day on these means, his/her brain subconsciously spends the entire day thinking about the same.
Henceforth destroying all concentration, memory and attention energy towards studies.
So when you could learn something in 10min, you will take 1hr.
Most parents though they can diagnose this problem on their own, they handle it in the wrong way creating extreme relationship troubles, anger and mistrust between them and their child.
The reason is "after effects?"
Most parents just confiscate or ban the use of cell-phones, internet connections, PSP's, etc.
Since the subconscious mind is still restless, and it is still thinking about the "gadget or online world"... the restless drives children to get angry, depressed, frustrated, and above lie to their parents.
Real life cases taken from TIMES OF INDIA, Mumbai
1. "Smriti Sharma sends and receives 10,000 SMSes a month. She texts between classes and while travelling, watching TV and studying. She even texts to communicate with her brother in the next room. With so much written communication, one would assume that the 11-year-old has great command of languages. Surprisingly, she failed her English test last month.
"She is so used to SMSing and writing on the web that her test paper was full of short forms like l8r (later) and other such chat abbreviations," says her mother Rohini Sharma."
experts have proven how the lack of pen and paper use decreases motor skills and handeye coordination.
A renowned neuro-psychiatrist from Mumbai - "Recently I have been coming across a lot of such cases. I just consulted a 14-year-old who kept an extremely late bed time, sometimes 4 am, because she was up surfing the internet...Her typical surfing session went like this: she would log on toFacebook and see a status update about a movie on her friend's page. This would probably make her want to google the movie and find its story. She would subsequently make her way to IMDBto seek information on the movie's lead actors. And from there, to the celebrity's Twitter account, and probably even hunt for movie snippets on YouTube. As a result, the child was extremely moody, couldn't focus on a single task for more than five minutes or even pay attention in school, making her grades slip despite her being intelligent . Kids need to get their minimum amount of sleep."
A Harvard University team found that playing video games, watching TV and increased use of cellphones/social memdia led to markedly lower sleep quality. This also caused a significant decline in a child's ability to remember words or memorize lessons.
Remember - Sleep is when our brains weave connections among neurons, preserving and etching the ones that matter and cleaning out the ones that do not.
What parents can do
It is impossible to raise children completely devoid of technology, but experts insist on a balance. Here are tips to keep your child on a healthy tech diet
1. Monitor the language your children use while chatting or texting.
2. If they get into the habit of using internet short forms everywhere, their language skills might suffer. Start with making them write whole words in text messages and web chats
3. Technology addiction is similar to an eating disorder. Instead of killing it, start with slicing away the time children spend on television and with gadgets.
Try things like 'no TV during dinner time' , or allowing videogames only on weekends.
4. Move gadgets to a common area. Put laptops or computers in the living room. Sometimes, just taking gadgets out of your children's room is sufficient to reduce usage.
5. Changing television content can help prevent attention disorders in children. Scientists suspect that the brain gets overtaxed by stimulation from fastpaced, violent or sexually high in content TV programs.
Try changing to slowpaced educational programmes
6. Auditing the time your children spend on technology on a weekly basis will ensure that they do not suffer from tech overload. Start by tracking the amount of time they spend playing videogames, surfing the internet and watching TV.
A good rule of thumb with screen time is a maximum of two hours a day Add extra non-technology-related activities to your children's life.
7. Set reading hours or buy them board games like chess and scrabble. Many children use the internet or gadgets to spend time.
8. Many teens go to bed with their gadgets next to them. This leads to disturbed sleep since every SMS or email received during the night wakes them up. Enforce strictly a 'no gadgets while sleeping' rule
9. set an hour of media-free family time each day
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