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Is your child always glued to the phone even after online classes get over? These days, due to online classes, mobile phones have reached the hands of small children, due to which children have started getting addicted to mobile phones at an even younger age.

If your child is also always glued to the mobile phone, then you need to be alert. Prolonged use of mobile phones can have adverse effects on the health of children. If your child uses their mobile a lot, then they may be at risk of problems related to physical and mental health like depression, insomnia, eye pain, neck pain, etc. Therefore, try to get rid of this bad addiction of your children as soon as possible.

In this article, we will tell you some tips to get rid of mobile addiction in children.

  1. Get kids active
  2. Ensure the necessary work is done first
  3. Do not give phone at all before sleeping
  4. Set some rules for using mobile
  5. Arrange activities with family members
  6. Take care of children while using mobile phone
  7. Other measures
  8. Takeaway
Doctors for How to get rid of mobile addiction in children

If you want your children to get rid of mobile addiction, then try to get them to be more active. For this, you can ask them to do 10 star jumps every 30 minutes to 1 hour. Doing star jumps every hour can cause the child to move around more, which is healthy for your kids. Apart from this, if you want, you can also ask your children to do some different activities every 1 hour. By doing this, children will spend less time on the mobile screen.

If your child asks for your mobile, ask them whether they did their homework or not. Apart from this, you can ask them to do their other work and chores around the house, like daily reading or making their bed. By doing this, their mind will be otherwise engaged.

Do not give mobile phones to children just before sleeping. Looking at the mobile screen before sleeping can disturb your child’s sleeping pattern. At the same time, looking at the phone repeatedly during the night is more likely to cause mobile addiction. Therefore, keep children and yourself away from mobile phones for about 1 to 2 hours before sleeping.

(Read more: Effects of improving sleep on mental health)

This can prove to be a much better way to get rid of mobile phone addiction in children. You can set some rules with the kids. For example, don't let mobiles be used after misbehaving with others, don't fight while using mobile phones and more

Apart from this, some time limits can also be set. For example, if the mobile is used for more than 30 minutes, then you will not get the mobile next time. This will lead to creating discipline in the children, due to which mobile addiction can be avoided.

(Read more: Sleep problems in children)

Make children aware of the outside world apart from the mobile. Ask them to socialize with family members. For this, you can arrange fun activities with family on weekends. You can include activities like walking, swimming, cycling or baking. This will cause your child to also be more physically active and maintain good overall health.

If your child uses a mobile phone, then keep talking to them about technology and media. Ask them occasionally what sites, apps or games they're spending their time on, what they're watching and what their friends talk about at school. Apart from this, you can play games with them and watch the series they’re following with him. This can help you understand whether your child is going in the right direction or not. Apart from this, you can also rectify their mistakes and advise them when necessary.

(Read more: Growing pains)

Apart from these methods, you can also get rid of mobile addiction in children by adopting some other methods, such as:

  • Motivate them to play outside
  • Designate only one corner of the house as a screen zone
  • Advise them to spend time with family
  • Give your precious time to children
  • Get children to read from books instead of on the mobile
  • Give them to play outdoor and indoor games
  • Make the kids have a habit of playing with toys

(Read more: Diabetes in children)

Keep in mind that these days it has become necessary to give mobile phones to children for online classes. But when the child's class is over, do not forget to take the mobile from them. If your child is always glued to the mobile despite and outside of the class, then it can have a bad effect on their overall health. This can cause many physical and mental problems for the children. So try to get rid of this bad habit as soon as possible.

(Read more: Depression in children)

Dr. Nitin Puria

Dr. Nitin Puria

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