The sad reality is that, nowadays, babies learn to unlock their phones before adding, building sentences, or dressing autonomously. They learn to be distracted with amazing ease.
As parents, we use this resource multiple times. If we go out to dinner, we will enjoy a concert or take our children to the hairdresser; mobile is the way to entertain and not disturb. They play a game or a YouTube video and the child disappears.
This has innumerable consequences for children’s development, but we want to emphasize two.
Distraction instead of tolerance for frustration or effort
The human mind is very comfortable. It is always governed by the law of minimum effort. If you find shortcuts, data you can forget, or efforts to save, it will always take them.
The child’s brain does not like to get frustrated and will never exert itself if it is not through an adult.
There are countless situations in which parents require the attention and effort of the child so that the child achieves the necessary autonomy.
Let’s take a simple example: learn to eat on a plate and with cutlery. This simple task that we all have so automated was a great effort when we were little. Our parents had to sit with us day after day, creating a habit that brought frustrations, stains, and difficulties.
All parents know the sensation of seeing your child stain from head to toe while dining when you already had him bathed and clean. How slow and tedious it is that he picks up the spoon by himself and manages to bring it to his mouth.
Many times we want to save time and effort and give them food. However, that frustration is part of the trial-and-error learning process that will create the habit and make you independent.
However, if when the child has to make an effort to hit and put the food in his mouth, we distract him with a video of the mobile, his brain disperses. Without realizing it we are creating the mental association that every time a situation comes in which to make an effort it will not be necessary to do so, there will be a distraction.
It is impossible for our children to maintain sustained attention if we use these mechanisms frequently.
When children are young they need to fantasize about building the world and creating stories in their heads. In this way, they can imagine themselves as teachers, firefighters, singers, or doctors.
It is important that they take a piece of cardboard and pretend that it is a magic wand, that they paint a dragon on a sheet and pretend to defeat it.
If we listen to 3-year-olds playing by themselves (or with their non-interactive toys) you will see exactly what “symbolic play” means. It means being able to use imagination and symbolism in what surrounds us; it is always a unique and wonderful creation of children’s minds.
Obviously we are not talking about a game whose direct purpose is educational, it is not that they learn and internalize rules, but something very important and that will determine their cognitive development: the ability to think, to symbolize the world, to understand ourselves with a common language.
Whether the child can understand and internalize the reality around him depends, in part, on whether he can enjoy this type of creative play.
Movies, video games, or apps do not allow children to create (from the verb create) anything of their own. They can interact, they can be entertaining or even educational, but they shouldn’t take up most of your leisure time.
As we have said before, the brain, in general, is lazy and if it can save the effort it will. Therefore, you will always choose a screen where you “get it all done” over the effort of a game where you have to make up your own stories. However, now we know the great importance of those inventions and fantasies that he develops when he plays.
Consequences of early abuse of technologies
In the long term, when children enter preadolescence, the abuse of screens during cognitive development usually means that they do not have hobbies, they are not particularly interested in anything and they are not able to get bored.
They need their dose of images, mobile, YouTube, or Instagram. They are less creative, they have fewer concerns and sometimes, the most serious, they have failed to symbolize the world in their minds.
It is essential that children learn to be bored, to entertain themselves (without anything, being with themselves), to wait, to maintain attention, to be frustrated, and to choose. Aspects that a mobile or tablet does not provide you.
But of course, we are in society, our babies grow up, they go to school and before arriving at the institute their friends already have mobiles. They soon start asking for a smartphone of their own.
At what age is it recommended that a child have a mobile?
The age at which minors have their first smartphone has plummeted in the last decade.
Personally I have seen 2-year-olds quietly unlock their parents’ mobile. 3-year-old children unlock it and open a video or game player application completely autonomously. And to some 10-year-olds who are already asking for the latest iPhone on the market. The situation is discouraging.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
Advice On Extending The Life Of Your Memory Foam Bed
The ultra-absorbent polyurethane foam used to produce memory foam mattresses sometimes referred to as “synthetic viscoelastic foam,” provides pliable support that makes lying on one feel like lying on a cloud. Given that NASA developed memory foam for space shuttles, that is logical. Customers have gushed about the wonderful comfort these beds offer since memory foam entered the mattress market.
Maintaining the quality of the best memory foam mattresses you have purchased became essential over time. At the end of this post, you will grasp the tips on how to maintain the comfort and durability of your memory foam mattress. read in advance;
1. Ensure Your Mattress Is Safe
Innovative mattress protectors. A mattress protector should fit snugly, like a fitted sheet, to prevent spills and stains. Encasement protectors, which cover all six sides and have a zipper, are also available (including the bottom). Sleepers with allergies or bedbugs can utilize the best mattress encasement protectors. Whether you eat in bed or not, a mattress cover is vital to protect your mattress from bodily fluids, skin flakes, spilled food, and drinks.
2. Lay A Firm Foundation
Having a base isn’t required for a memory foam mattress to operate well, but it will raise your bed to the right height. If you use memory foam mattresses, your base must be solid, level, and gap-free. Slats on a slatted base should be no more than 2.75 inches apart to prevent uneven mattress wear. If the slats are too far apart, you’ll need to buy extra or use a plywood board.
3. Prevent Pets And Children From Jumping
This counsel is direct. Pets who roam freely and lie on the bed stimulate the spread of germs, insects, and bacteria where you sleep. The perfect situation is when you meet a nice and cuddly bedmate. The worst-case situation is parasite eggs nearby about to hatch. It’s encouraged to ban youngsters under 8 from jumping on beds. Bouncing on the bed is not only hazardous, but it also damages the mattress. The memory foam is overworked by the quick up-and-down movements, which don’t prolong its life.
4. Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
It’s common if you’ve heard of this advice, but have you ever put it to use? Rotate your memory foam mattress 180 degrees every season, starting right away. This method is based on the idea that sleeping in the same spot on the mattress every night could be uncomfortable and lead to a concentration of wear and tear in that area. It should be noted that certain high-end made in the USA mattress producers make mattresses that don’t need to be turned.
5. Make Your Mattress Clean
Your memory foam mattress may be protected against sweat, dust mites, and other allergies by vacuuming it at least twice a year. Start by sprinkling baking soda on your stripped mattress since the longer it remains there, the better. A few drops of essential oil are an optional addition. At some point, take out the vacuum and completely remove the baking soda using the upholstery attachment. The tufts, seams, and areas between the mattress and foundation are known to be dust mite havens.
6. Do Not Make Your Bed
You did indeed read that correctly. While it might appear illegal to put off making your bed, it is not recommended. Delaying making the bed gives your memory foam mattress and linens time to breathe, giving any moisture that may have accumulated throughout the night a chance to evaporate.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.