Depriving children of the internet prevents them from learning important lessons

Internet It has become a common tool in our day. With this online world have come at the same time numerous dangers that have set off alarms in many parents. In order to avoid these risks, it is decided to prohibit the access of minors to this universe online.

However, avoid access by Internet to the smallest is a bad option according to a study by Screen Society. Not only because children are deprived of a fundamental tool in our days, but because they are prevented from facing important lessons in their development.

The society of the screens

Ellis Cashmore, a professor at the University of Aston and one of the authors of this research, points out that we currently live in a society full of screens. Nowadays, since children are born, they live surrounded by technologies that are positioned as access doors to an online world that is difficult to escape even if parents try to avoid it.

The starting hypothesis was that individuals do not become addicted simply by using these devices. To check it they analyzed a total of 2,000 individuals and their use of these technologies, the results concluded that it is a myth that today's society is populated by people who can not live with their mobile devices. The cases of greater dependence were translated with individuals who recognized having a pleasant experience.

The researchers also point out that the addiction to new technologies is related to a negligent contact with them. In the example of the pleasant experience, the experts point out that it is better to train the little ones so that their interpersonal relationships are carried out in person instead of supplying this contact with the screens of smartphones, tablets and orators.

"We know, through our own daily life and our research, that many parents forbid their children to use smartphones and other devices because they are concerned about addiction to these screens, but what are the consequences of this? By eliminating screens, it is removing a source of information, depriving young people of a vital source of communication, "explains Cashmore.

Establish rules of use

Do not deprive the young people of access to the Internet, but teach a good use from the same. For this, nothing better than a good use of these devices:

- Establish limits on the use of new technologies. For example, at nightfall, nothing to use smartphones or other devices.

- Encourage the little ones to attend events such as classmates' birthdays in order to interact in person and not through smartphones.

- Accompany the youngest children while surfing the net to be able to discern between what helps and what does not.

- Keep critical talks about the dangers that lurk on the internet: grooming, bullying, etc. and the importance of privacy, as well as counting problems.

Damián Montero

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