Meanwhile, if we look at the current era, it has become a common thing, when a family holds dinner together at the dinner table. They sat together and her mother began to prepare the food she had cooked. When the mother wanted to get rice and side dishes for her child, they had to keep asking repeatedly what side dishes they wanted to eat. While their children are even absorbed in playing the gadgets in their hands. In fact, after the food is in front of them, the children do not immediately eat and finish the food, but instead have fun playing on their gadgets continuously.
So, from here, many people’s concerns arise. Will this be able to hamper the development of the child if they have been facilitated by cell phones since they were little? So, at what age can children be given cellphones or similar gadgets?
Our children are now born in an age where the internet is available and gadgets have become increasingly sophisticated. This means that as good parents, our attitude must be able to think dynamically by keeping up with the times of the children with the help of technology in the digital world.
So what is important in this case is not the gadget that you have to worry about, but what is in it and the rules that you can apply in using the gadgets that we provide to children. Thus, parents can still control and supervise their children in operating their gadgets.
It’s just that, of course, it is also not wise if you provide the facilities for giving gadgets when the children are so small. By reason of following the times in the digital world, you are then motivated to facilitate your toddler with the smart phones and sophisticated gadgets that you have prepared.
Quoting from Psychotherapist Frand Walfish explained that the minimum age for a child to own a cellphone is at the age of 10, but ideally at the age of 12 or 13 years. By doing so, this means you can reconsider when you want to give cell phones to children under five. Apart from that, there are some important things to consider before you facilitate them with sophisticated cell phones and other gadgets. What are these things? Come on, let’s look at the following things.
1. Pay attention to whether the children really need it or not
Perhaps you mean giving children cell phone facilities in this digital era to help them make things easier in their lives, especially communicating. It’s just that, this needs to be reconsidered. At the age of the children who are still very young, their life is generally more spent together with their parents. In addition, the space for children to move is still quite easy for parents to reach. For this reason, when you want to provide cellphone facilities for him, try to reconsider, does your child really need it or not?
Remembering that you are always with them and always with them. For that, it feels like the child will not be too far away and needs a cellphone to communicate with you. Besides, if only they needed it. It would be better if you use a cell phone according to their needs. Instead of buying, for some less frequent urgent needs, they can use your cell phone and borrow it temporarily.
2. Pay attention to the child’s environment
Before you give the cellphone as a gift to him. It is better if, read the situation again in their environment. Have many of your children’s friends use cellphones or not. If so, you certainly don’t want your child to be the only person who doesn’t have this facility. Especially if this facility helps make all the business easier. It’s just that, if you think the child is too small to be given this facility. So it’s best, follow your heart and determine what is best you can give to the child.
However, if friends at school do not have cell phones, then this is not an option for children to be given cellphone facilities earlier.
3. Pay attention to whether your child will agree to the rules for using cell phones?
Many parents choose to impose various rules on their children when using cell phones. This of course is done in order to control and continue to supervise children in operating their gadgets, so that they don’t deviate from the real functions of gadgets and cellphones.
Besides being useful, this can also be an alternative for those of you who have given cellphones to children since they were young
Unfortunately, if children are difficult to manage, and the presence of this cellphone becomes a debate with parents, it would be better to think about and reconsider your decision to give them a cellphone. Do not let your initial decision to provide this facility to children, become the beginning of your nightmare by building negative attitudes in children.
4. Pay attention to whether the cell phone that is given will last a long time
Children are often forgetful and careless about their personal belongings. When they are busy playing with their personal belongings, sometimes they don’t realize that these items are still in their hands safely. This is also what is worryingly happens with your children when they have cell phones. The carelessness of children is feared to make the valuable things that the mother gives them cannot last long. If they get rid of it, then how many times do you have to replace it. Especially if you remember, cellphones are not items at low prices. For this reason, when you want to give a cellphone for its facilities, you should reconsider, whether you are a careless person or not.
Giving cell phones to children is often a matter of debate. Many parents have problems regarding when is the best time and at what age children can be facilitated with this item.
On the one hand, this facility can make it easier and help children communicate. But on the other hand, parents are afraid if they use this item wrongly. Well, some of the things above are expected to be a consideration for fathers and mothers before giving their cellphones. Hope it is useful.