Sharing - Children Becoming Too Addicted To iPads They Require Therapy

~ Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 5:47 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. Do note that sharing this does not mean I agree or disagree with it.

I do believe that iPads are beneficial for educational purposes provided that you moderate the usage of it for your kiddos and you filter through the apps that they have access to.

A friend once shared to us that one of their friend's child was so addicted to iPad that when given a real book to read, the child does not know how to turn the pages of the book. The child just stared at the book and tried to use their fingers to swipe the book expecting the pages to be flipped as how it would be on iPad.

Our kiddos used to have access to the iPads for up to 2 hours a day, then we switched it to weekend usage only and now, it has been almost 2 months since we took away all our iPads and our kiddos have been free from it. I do feel that they are better without it for now. Maybe we will change our stance in future but for now, the iPads are a no-no. That's just how we do it for now, of course, every family functions differently. Feel free to share your thoughts. No bashing, no judging please. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

Experts have warned that parents who allow babies and toddlers to access tablet computers for several hours a day are in danger of causing “dangerous” long term effects.

Children Addicted to iPads

 The youngest known patient being treated in the UK is a four-year-old girl from the South East. Her parents enrolled her for compulsive behaviour therapy after she became increasingly “distressed and inconsolable” when the iPad was taken away from her. Her use of the device had escalated over the course of a year and she had become addicted to using it up for to four hours a day.

Dr Richard Graham, who launched the UK’s first technology addiction programme three years ago, said he believed there were many more addicts of her age.  “The child's mother called me and described her symptoms,” he said. "She told me she had developed an obsession with the device and would ask for it constantly. She was using it three to four hours every day and showed increased agitation if it was removed."

Dr Graham said that young technology addicts experienced the same withdrawal symptoms as alcoholics or heroin addicts, when the devices were taken away. He warned that the condition prevented young people from forming normal social relationships, leaving them drained by the constant interaction.

 "Children have access to the internet almost from birth now,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “They see their parents playing on their mobile devices and they want to play too. It's difficult, because having a device can also be very useful in terms of having a reward, having a pacifier. But if you don't get the balance right it can be very dangerous.

"They can't cope and become addicted, reacting with tantrums and uncontrollable behaviour when they are taken away. Then as they grow older, the problem only gets worse. Even the most shy kids, when they hit their teens, suddenly want to become sociable and popular."

It is feared that products such as baby-proof iPad covers and iPotties, which feature built-in iPad stands, only fuel the problem. Parents who have found themselves unable to wean their children off computer games and mobile phones are paying up to £16,000 for a 28-day “digital detox” programme designed by Dr Graham at the Capio Nightingale Hospital in London.

Psychiatrists estimate that the number of people who have become digitally dependent has risen by 30 per cent over the past three years. A survey last week revealed that more than half of parents allowed their babies to play with their phone or tablet device. One in seven of more than 1,000 parents questioned by babies.co.uk website admitted that they let them use the gadgets for four or more hours a day.

James Macfarlane, managing director of the website, said: “Given that babies between 3-12 months are awake for only around 10 hours per day this is a huge proportion of their waking day. “Although 81 per cent of our users felt that children today spend too much time on smart devices, it hasn’t put most of them off using them to entertain their baby.”

 

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Sharing - Do Your Kids Know How To React To A Smoke Alarm?

~ Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:26 PM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. Do note that sharing this does not mean I agree or disagree with it. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

Families rely on a smoke alarm to wake them up in case of a fire at night, but will everyone hear the beep? That blaring sound of a smoke alarm may be loud and audible to an adult, but parents know, at times, kids can sleep through anything.

If you can’t get to your kids to save them during a fire: Will they wake up on their own, and know what to do? While adults may jump out of bed, sleep experts warn children often won’t hear or respond to the sound of a smoke alarm.

 

Watch a video (click on image below for link to launch video) taken of the Velsor family who allowed their family to be put to the test. The Velsor kids are 10-year-old Logan, 4-year-old Mason and 2-year-old Easton. The kids, especially the older two, know fires are dangerous. They’ve had fire drills at school, and they’ve heard the smoke alarm go off in their home. The family has talked about a plan in case of a fire, but they’ve never put it to the test.

Children get a tremendous amount of this deep sleep, and it’s during this deep sleep when the body doesn’t like to be bothered, and it really avoids or doesn’t respond to outside stimulants and as a result that’s a time when a child becomes very difficult to awaken.

Fire doubles in size every 30 to 60 seconds. An entire room can be engulfed in flames and full of smoke in minutes.

It’s crucial for families to practice their escape plan, and to make sure kids know, and are familiar with, the distinct sound of a smoke alarm. It’s important to test a plan at least twice a year, and at different times of the day and night.

 

For further reading:

* How to Conduct a Home Fire Drill

* What to do during a house fire?

* What to do in a fire?

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I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys. Do note that sharing this does not mean I agree or disagree with it. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here. Full article and video can be found in the link shown at the end of the post should you wish to find out further.

A new mother's world was shattered when her tiny baby developed whooping cough and died suddenly at just a month old. Now the grieving mum has shared a video of her son's last days to raise awareness of the condition so that other children do not die like he did. 

Little Riley Hughes died aged just 32 days in March, after a short battle with the disease.

He was far too young to receive the vaccine, which can only be administered at six weeks old, meaning he had no defences to fight the illness. But, after his death, his mother, Catherine Hughes, learnt that had she been vaccinated during pregnancy her son might have been able to fight the disease.

She shared the video on Facebook group Light for Riley so new parents do not have to go through the same suffering she did. Catherine who lives with her husband Greg in Perth, Australia, told the Mirror Online she was proud at the impact the video had had, especially as now all Australian states offered the vaccine to expectant mothers.

"We don't want any more babies dying from this terrible and preventable disease, it's an unnecessary heartbreak. When I was pregnant with Riley, who at the time of death was too young to be vaccinated, Australia was not offering these boosters to most pregnant women. After his death, we lobbied state governments so that now all states in Australia offer these boosters for free to pregnant women."

 

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