Years ago, there were no mobiles as they are now known with a giant screen . We would go out to play and we had no direct way of communicating with parents unless we stopped by the house or saw them on the street.
As children, our day to day was to carry out class assignments while the free time we had was used to play hide-and-seek or any other game of the kind. We waited for the afternoon to come to be able to go out to play and we did not think of anything else. We were focused on our thing. On the other hand, we were as we were. The photos were taken from time to time , there were no selfies or social networks, of course.
What I mean by this? The base we have as children conditions us for the future . Nowadays, even elementary school children use mobile phones, but the truth is that they shouldn’t. The use of mobile phones at such a young age develops a dependency on electronic devices in such a way that it will become a necessity. It is clear that as we advance, technologies are increasingly part of the human being, but that does not mean that we have to have access to it until a certain age because we really do not need it.
CHILDREN AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Social networks, mostly viewed from a screen such as Facebook , Twitter or Instagram , are the perfect vehicle to create dependence on the little ones, such as selfies, where we create that need to perceive ourselves beautifully in each snapshot we take, or the constant surveillance of the likes. They are all social applications that do not really add any important value. Have you thought about the need for these applications in the life of a child? Even as an adult, they are not necessary .
WE MUST BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS IN CHILDREN
It is not necessary for a child to have a mobile with the latest technology features. If the need is to be in communication, which is understood due to the world we are in, you can give him a mobile that has the basic calling and messaging functions . But, anyway, I would not buy a mobile phone that has a touch screen and an Internet connection, because although there is WhatsApp, it is a way of being exposed to major problems.
In addition, at an age they will have the opportunity to get a slightly better mobile and it will be themselves who will decide if they want to have it, or even decide to keep the one they have because they do not need more advanced technology.
CREATING UNREAL NEEDS
We should understand that mobile phones were created to reduce people’s distance, not to live attached to them. I understand that the computer is a more compact platform but the mobile is simply a means of communication that completes a bit of the security of being able to be communicated in almost any place.
Social networks sell us non-existent security . Our profile contains enough information, in certain cases, to be able to reach the street where we live. Really anyone interested in tracking another only has to do an exhaustive analysis of their social networks and will be able to find the area in which they live and sometimes even the phone number.
Scientific studies confirm that those people who do not use social networks are happier than those who use them, and it is for a very simple aspect. When we disconnect from social networks, we stop being in constant surveillance and we stop the dependence of constantly exposing our life. When we have been writing about what we do every day or posting photos for so long, we stop really enjoying the moments we live. It is clear that a photo does not hurt anyone but they go to extremes in many cases, alarming.
That is why children have no real need for state-of-the-art technology except to fill that anguish of wanting to have the same as others. It is better to wait until they are 13 or 14 years old, at least.
HOW TO EXPLAIN THAT YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE A MOBILE PHONE YET
If you can avoid giving your child a state-of-the-art mobile, all the better. Explain that it is not a necessity. You have to understand what is behind all this, because if not later it is too late to disengage.
What’s more, many adults come to the conclusion that they need to leave social networks because they do not contribute anything important, just the opposite of children.
The real problem is when parents do not understand that their child is not going to die for not having a next-generation mobile phone, but that he will surely complain because he wants to have what others have. It is understandable, because the feeling of rejection by their peers makes them feel bad. It is the same as with any other fashion , what happens that this extends so much as to cover all areas of a human being’s life.
Buy a mobile with the minimum functions and it will do the utility that you really want to supply, which is to have your child watched for when he goes out with friends.