A specialist from Tucumán explains why it is necessary to protect children from excessive use of screens

The benchmark of the Epilepsy and Extrapyramidal Diseases program, Andrea Arcos placeholder image, referred to the problem of the limit in terms of the use and exposure to screens by the child population and the cognitive effects that this practice generates.

In this regard, Arcos argued that the new technologies represented a great advance in the way in which they amplified the tasks, as they helped access to a large amount of information in real time and the disconnection of the media to take more active roles in the networks, even from anonymity and according to the use that each person would like to give them.

“It is important to take care of the limitation of this excess of technology, especially in children, because in them a type of addiction can be generated that leads them to search anxiety and not having access to it all the time. Many are constantly hooked on this technology and this can be so serious that it leads to them not fulfilling the obligations or tasks or daily exercises that must be established as habits, which can end up isolating them “, reflected the reference.

Brain development during life includes neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to restructure itself in the face of different changes. Brain maturation goes through different phases and reward systems mature and occur earlier than impulse control and planning, an imbalance that makes children used to assuming that they can quickly achieve what they want with immediate gratification. no tolerance for frustration.

“This is why children generally do not know how to manage stress or boredom, which is usually an important source that helps and enriches the management of creativity processes. It is therefore essential to pay attention to the excessive use of any type of technology -tablets, cell phones, computers- and in accordance with this criterion all pediatric guidelines in the world try to put a stop to these processes, since they are not activities of learning that requires the exercise of a sustained attention of the child, but rather the dependence on frequent or intermittent external stimuli of light and sound in an upward climb ”, he stated.

Following this line, Arcos pointed out that as the stimuli become increasingly strident, paradoxically any conventional learning process becomes more complex, such as education in the classroom. In this sense, the professional recommended prioritizing contact with reality.

“Touching, playing, a hug, laughing, contact with the green, recreational activities, outdoor games, reading are the best stimuli for learning, but they require a greater effort on the part of parents and lead by example, since We cannot expect children to use technologies less if we ourselves are connected to the telephone all day, children notice that and they have to know that they are the most important thing in our lives and that they deserve that we dedicate ourselves to them with quality time to the formation of their personality ”, highlighted the specialist.

Regarding the adolescent population, there is an excess of information, but at the same time a great lack of training, many “fake news” or false news circulate and this generates greater vulnerability to deception, which forces to exercise judgment and need to teach and learn to forge critical minds. “It is advisable to accompany children and adolescents when they consume technologies, help them question the messages they give us and offer them quality time by setting an example,” he advised.

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