The survey conducted by GMC Srinagar revealed that 65% of parents in Jammu and Kashmir do not prefer online apps for their children’s education, while 20% of parents do.
“An online survey was conducted to investigate screen time among children during COVID-19. Online Google Forms were shared through various social media sites and parents were asked to complete the forms. A total of 307 responses were received and analyzed,” the survey document states, according to the Kashmir News Observer (KNO) news agency.
“The ages of the children ranged from 0 to 18 years old. The maximum number of children belonged to the age group of 6-10 years (37.5%), followed by the age group of 10-18 years (31.6%), followed by 0-5 years (18 .3%). The use of devices or any other electronic gadget has increased with increasing age group and hence increasing screen time.
“Parents also allow children to use cell phones or other devices to occupy and calm them down while doing chores or running errands. With increasing age, increased screen time may be due to less parental control over children as they grow older and children become more independent and take charge of major decisions in their life. life,” the survey said.
“About 56.1% of the children were boys and 43.9% were girls. The majority of children used phones (68.7%), followed by tablets (11.4%), laptops (9.4%), televisions (8.5%), desktops (1 .3%) and others (0.7%),” he said.
“About 45% of children in the study had personal phones/devices and 54.3% of children did not own a personal phone/device, while 0.7% of children may not have devices /personal phones Owning a personal phone or device is positively associated with increased screen time in children.
“This may be due to the lack of continuous parental supervision of these children, easy access to their phones at any time of the day and night, no one to limit or prevent them from use their own phones.”
“Children with personal devices or phones were more adept and had the freedom to use the phone at their convenience or their time and preference and even during odd hours of the night or before going to bed, whereas the use of the phone was limited if one had to ask for the phone/device from an elder or one of the parents,” he says.
“So far, 62.9% of kids said they were addicted/stuck on devices/phones, while 25.4% of kids said they weren’t stuck/addicted and 11.7% were unsure about their addiction.The more the child was glued/addicted to devices/phones, the more screen time the children had.
“Children once addicted to the use of these devices or phones would lead to more use of these and therefore increased screen time. The use of electronic media acts as a digital drug for our brain and that releases dopamine in our brain, which has a negative effect on impulse control,” he adds.
“The study concludes that increased screen time has detrimental effects on both the physical and mental health of children. The current scenario in the wake of COVID-19 has brought to the fore the need to review the concept of screen time from a health perspective. This is important given the exclusive reliance on time spent looking at the screen as a measure to ensure healthy use of the internet and internet-enabled devices,” indicates the survey. (KNOW)