Many Children Were Glued To Their Hand-Held Devices At Lunchtime

Many Children Were Glued To Their Hand-Held Devices At Lunchtime

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

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Many children were glued to their hand-held devices at lunchtime.

That was what The New Paper on Sunday observed when we visited a mall's foodcourt on a weekend. They were playing with their game consoles or iPhones and some seemed oblivious of the food placed in front of them.

Mothers we spoke to seemed nonchalant about the phenomenon, noting that it is something that takes place all the time.

But parents may sit up with more concern now that it has been revealed that the time spent with such gadgets can contribute to myopia.

Kids would do better being out in sunlight, says researchers in a study published in renowned medical journal The Lancet.

Another recent study by Iowa State University shows a causal relationship between video games and attention problems and impulsiveness.

Conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Education, the study tracked 3,034 children and adolescents from 12 schools in Singapore over three years.

Cyber-wellness consultant Poh Yeang Cherng says whether or not the use of gadgets becomes a problem in child development "depends on what the child is doing with the gadget".

While the child may learn about spatial tasks and develop hand-eye co-ordination with games, the constant switching from one task to another could dampen deep thinking for instance.

He is also concerned about how the gadgets could affect the child's ability to communicate face to face with other people.

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